Christmas Tree Recycling Options around Olympia


Submitted by Thurston County Solid Waste

Don’t be an environmental grinch, wasteful and mean—recycle your tree for free and keep your holiday clean-up green!

There are several free holiday tree recycling options for residents throughout Thurston County this season. Remember to remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, stands, and nails from trees before recycling. Flocked trees will not be accepted. Multi-family complex residents should check with their property managers for tree placement locations.

Free Holiday Tree Recycling Pick-up:

  • Thurston County LeMay compost collection/yard waste customers: Cut your tree into three-foot sections and place them in or near your compost cart on your regular collection day. Call (360) 923-0111 for more information.
  • City of Olympia solid waste customers: Customers with regular Thursday or Friday service can have their tree picked up on Saturday, January 4. Customers with regular Tuesday or Wednesday service can have their tree picked up on Saturday, January 11. Place your tree in your regular pick-up spot by 6 a.m. on your collection day. Visit for more information.
  • City of Lacey residents: If you live within Lacey city limits, Boy Scout troops, with the support of LeMay/Pacific Disposal, will pick up your tree on Saturday, January 4. Have your tree free of debris and on the curb by 6 a.m. Trees with ornaments, lights, tinsel, stands, or nails will not be picked up as they cannot be composted. For details, please visit  or call Lacey Public Affairs at (360) 491-3214.
  • City of Tumwater residents: Place your tree at the nearest street corner by 8 a.m. Monday, January 6. Call (360) 754-4150 for more information.

Holiday Tree Recycling Drop-off Locations:

  • All Thurston County residents: Take your tree to the county’s Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey from December 26 through January 12. The WARC is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and open Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The WARC is closed Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.
  • Rainier residents: Take your tree to the drop box at 13010 Rainier Acres Road from December 27 through January 12. The drop box is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Rochester residents: Take your tree to the drop box at 16500 Sargent Road from December 28 through January 12. The drop box is open Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tenino residents: Take your tree to 418 S. Wichman Street S. between December 26 and January 15.
  • Yelm residents: Take your tree to Yelm City Park anytime between  December 26 and January 10.
  • Residents near Shelton: Take your tree to Bill McTurnal Enterprises at 721 W. Kamilche Lane from December 28 through January 9 during daylight hours. On the weekends, you can leave your tree by the closed gate.

The holidays aren’t over yet, and many people still have celebrations planned. Go to for creative ideas for garbage-free gifts, party tips that reduce the trash, and thoughtful wrapping and decorations you don’t have to throw away.

And when the holidays are over, think twice about what is actually trash. Our database at lists locations to take hard-to-recycle things like Styrofoam, as well as where to take items for reuse. You can also go to to buy, sell, swap and trade used items.


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