Youth programs

girl holding a magnifying glass, looking at a wormThurston County Solid Waste has the resources and tools to help youth reduce waste! We provide materials and presentations focusing on waste reduction, recycling, natural resources, and more.

Classroom presentations

Thurston County Public Works’ free 4th and 5th grade classroom presentations offer information that students can use in their everyday lives. We use hands-on activities and take-home materials to help students enjoy, act on, and retain what they have learned. Presentations are approximately 60 minutes.

Click here to book a presentation or for more information.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (RRR) Patch


Thurston County Solid Waste offers the RRR Patch Program. The program is designed to teach youth the meaning and potential actions behind the phrase reduce, reuse, and recycle. The patch program encourages scouts and other youth to take action to take better care of their environment and neighborhood.

Your group must be based in Thurston County to be eligible to earn the patch.

Click here to learn how to earn your RRR patch.


Trash Talk newsletter for students

trash talk iconFourth and 5th grade students in Thurston County get their own Trash Talk publication delivered to the classroom. It features information on recycling, reuse, household hazardous waste, yard waste, waste reduction, and more. The newsletter is informative while offering activities like word searches, crossword puzzles, and other games to make learning more fun!

Read the latest Trash Talk or browse past editions.


Loaner kits

Loaner kits are available to borrow at no cost for a two-week time period. Teachers must pick the loaner kits up and drop them off at Thurston County Public Works during regular business hours. To request a kit contact:

For elementary loaner kits’ descriptions click here or the middle school loaner kit description click here.



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