WARC CLOSURE FAQ

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The Waste and Recovery Center at Hawks Prairie is open to the following commercial hauling companies that pick-up residential Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) at curbside residencies. You may call one of these service providers if service is needed. During the temporary closure of the WARC to self-haul customers, the facility will remain open to the following commercial hauling companies that pick-up residential Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) at curbside residencies. You may call one of these service providers if service is needed.

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  Why are you closing the WARC to self-haulers?

This is a temporary closure to comply with the Governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, and to help protect residents, our staff and their families.



 Will this affect my garbage service?

No. If you have garbage service, it will not be affected. This only affects residents who self-haul their garbage to waste facilities in Thurston County.

 What if I have a commercial account?

The temporary closure includes self-haulers of all types, including those with commercial accounts. Only commercial haulers who provide garbage services will be allowed to drop loads at the WARC during this closure.

 What do you mean by "commercial hauler"?

Commercial haulers are those companies who generally pick-up Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) at curbside residences. Specifically these companies and government organizations: 1) LeMay 2) Pacific Disposal 3) Republic Services 4) Waste Connections 5) City of Olympia 6) State of Washington 7) Panorama Senior Living Communities.

 When will self-haul service be available again?

WARC facilities currently plan to reopen to the public on April 9, 2020.

 What are we supposed to do with our garbage in the meantime?

 Garbage

  • Subscribe to curbside collection if you’re not currently subscribed (minimum 30-day subscription).
  • Request a larger or additional curbside container from your regular waste hauler, if needed.
  • Schedule a one-time special pickup for waste from your regular waste hauler.
  • Schedule a pickup of “extras”. Place a sealed bag next to your cart (fees apply).
  • Schedule an off-day pickup for additional waste collection (fees apply).
  • If absolutely necessary, store garbage until drop-off facilities reopen. Keep all waste securely contained inside trash cans or other sturdy plastic totes. You may want to empty totes inside your home to use for this purpose. Keep waste protected from wind, rain, and animals.

 Yard and Food Waste

  • Start a compost bin at home. The Master Recycler Composter Program can help you get started.
  • Subscribe to curbside yard and food waste collection by contacting your regular waste hauler.
  • Grasscycle your grass clippings to save space in your curbside cart.
  • Leave yard waste in place, and temporarily cover with a tarp if needed.

 Recyclables

  • Place recyclables in your curbside recycling bin. Contact your hauler if you need a larger/additional cart.
  • Store recyclables until drop-off facilities reopen. Keep all recyclables securely contained inside recycling bins or other sturdy plastic totes. You may want to empty totes inside your home to use for this purpose. Keep materials protected from wind, rain, and animals.
  • City of Olympia Customers only: Drop off cardboard and glass at the City’s Saturday Drop-Off Site, 10th Ave SE and Eastside St. This site is not currently accepting yard waste or scrap metal.

 Hazardous Waste including materials listed here:

  • Store hazardous products so that kids and pets cannot access them. Put them upright inside a sturdy plastic tote or inside a cardboard box lined with a garbage bag. Make sure lids are tight. Put packing materials around the containers so they won't tip over. Isolate leaking or rusty containers inside sturdy plastic bags. Never mix hazardous products together.
  • Handle asbestos with care and store until facilities reopen.

 Can I burn my garbage or yard waste?

State law prohibits the burning of garbage and home-repair debris.

State law also prohibits yard-waste burning in all cities and designated Urban Growth Areas (UGA) within the County.
To determine if you reside in a No Burn Area, visit https://www.geodata.org/parcelinfo/ and enter your address to receive parcel information.

If you are not within a city or UGA, yard-waste burning at this time is highly discouraged. Because any form of air pollution can exacerbate the respiratory problems of anyone with COVID-19, the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) hopes residents and businesses will work together to protect public health by reducing the amount of smoke they produce. Residents may make use of alternatives to burning, including curbside pickup services offered by their trash pick-up providers. Compost piles can turn yard waste into valuable soil additives for yard and garden. And chipping can create good ground-cover materials.