Recycling and reuse information


Plastic bag ban now in effect
Ordinances have started in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and unincorporated Thurston County banning plastic carryout bags.
Learn more about these ordinances.

Preparing materials for recycling

Good for you for recycling! Click the appropriate link below to find out how to "recycle right."

If you're still unsure of what goes in the recycle cart, please call Thurston County Solid Waste at (360) 867-2491. The general rule of thumb is, "When in doubt, leave it out." Broken glass, plastic frozen-food trays, clear clam-shell food containers, and other contaminants increase recycling costs and devalue the materials.

arrow choices I'm recycling at the curb at my home.
arrow choices I'm recycling at my apartment building (also applies to condos and mobile home parks)
arrow choices I'm self-hauling materials to a Thurston County recycle center.

Contact us

Call the Solid Waste Hotline at (360) 867-2491 or e-mail

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