Thurston County Solid Waste

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Waste and Recovery Center at Hawks Prairie

The Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) is a one-stop location where residents can dispose of garbage, yard waste, recyclables,  hazardous household waste, and more!

Hours and location

Monday through Friday: entrance gates open from 7 a.m.– 4:45 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: entrance gates open from 8 a.m.– 4:45 p.m.
Entrance gates close at 4:45 p.m.

Closed: New Year's Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Open on all other holidays.

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2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey
(see Google map).

The north entrance leads to the paid disposal areas. The south entrace leads to recycling, and hazardous waste disposal.

Rural Thurston County residents may find the Rainier and Rochester drop boxes more convenient.


Disposal rates

Minimum fee 
(300 lbs or less)
Rate per ton
Includes all construction and demolition debris, sod, railroad ties, appliances, vehicle tires (limit 5 per day per customer,tires must be less than 36 inches). Refrigerated appliances & CRTs/TVs: add an $18 handling fee to the regular garbage rate.
$18 $119
Yard waste
See a list of accepted items here.
$9 $45
You must call (360) 867-2491 to make an appointment at least 12 hours before disposing of asbestos. Learn more about asbestos requirements.
$22 $143

red arrow Payment: The WARC accepts cash, checks, debit cards and credit cards (Discover, Visa and MasterCard only). Payments by debit and credit cards have an additional $2.00 processing fee. All transactions are rounded to the nearest dollar. Scales determine weight in 20-pound increments. All rates include 3.6% state refuse tax where applicable.

red arrow Photo ID: Anyone entering the paid disposal area of the WARC must present photo ID at the tollbooth.

red arrowRemember to cover and secure your load. Washington law requires motorists to cover and secure their loads (RCW 46.61.655) to prevent cargo from breaking free. Located at the entrance of the Waste and Recovery Center is an un-tarping area. Please un-tarp loads before proceeding to the scales—this helps to make the unloading process go more smoothly.


Free recycling and reuse services


Community resources


Contact us

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

Note: Although the WARC facilities are open on weekends and some holidays, staff are not available by phone or email on those days.


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