Recycling and reuse information

How to prepare recyclables for curbside service

Curbside recycling is easy in Thurston County. Simply place all your recyclable materials (except glass) in your recycle cart. Glass should go in a separate, durable container between 5 and 20 gallons in size. (Be sure the container for glass has drain holes at the bottom.)

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Yes, place in the cart

Only the items listed below go in your recycle cart. Remember:  When in doubt, throw it out.

  • Aluminum & tin cans
  • Newspapers
  • Paper bags (empty)
  • Paperback books
  • Magazines, catalogs & mail (windows, staples & sticky notes ok)
  • Cereal & food boxes
  • Phone books
  • Cardboard (flattened)
  • Plastic bottles, jugs & jars (neck must be narrower than the base, no lids or caps)
  • Dairy tubs & yogurt cups
  • Plastic buckets (must be clean, no lids or handles)
  • Glass - put in a separate container that you provide.  Container must be between 5 and 20 gallons in size with drain holes in the bottom to prevent rain from filling up the container.  Glass containers that have water in them may be left uncollected.

Contact us

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

The Thurston County Solid Waste Program is a division of they county's Public Works Department.


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