Christmas Tree Recycling Available for Thurston County Residents


Free Christmas tree collection and drop-off opportunities are available throughout Thurston County as holiday celebrations wind down. 

The county is asking residents to prepare your tree for recycling by removing all ornaments, lights, stands, nails, and tinsel prior to drop-off. Flocked trees are accepted.

Trees are accepted at the Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) located at 2420 Hogum Bay Road N.E. in Lacey from Thursday, Dec. 26, to Sunday, Jan. 12. The WARC is open 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m Saturday and Sunday. The WARC will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. 

 Rainier residents can take trees to the Rainier Drop Box Facility at 13010 Rainier Acres Road from Friday, Dec. 27, to Sunday, Jan. 12. The Rainier Drop Box Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday only. 

Rochester residents can take trees to the Rochester Drop Box Facility at 16500 Sargent Road from Saturday, Dec. 28, to Sunday, Jan. 12. The Rochester Drop Box Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday only.

 Tenino residents can take trees to 418 S. Wichman Street from Friday, Dec. 27, to Saturday, Jan. 18.

Yelm residents can place trees in a designated dumpster at Yelm City Park anytime from Thursday, Dec. 26 to Friday, Jan. 10, or until the dumpster is full.

For LeMay yard/food waste customers, place your tree in or near your yard/food waste cart (in sections 3 feet or less). Extra fee(s) apply for customers not signed up for yard/food waste collection. Call LeMay at (360) 923-0111 for more information.

For City of Lacey residents, local Boy Scouts will provide curbside pick-up of holiday trees on Saturday, January 4, for residents within Lacey city limits. Trees must have all decorations removed and be placed curbside in front of homes by 8:00 a.m. The Boy Scouts accept donations for this community service, which can be made online at, or BSA Troop 222, P.O. Box 5379, Lacey, WA 98509. For more information, contact Lacey Public Affairs at (360) 491-3214 or

For City of Olympia garbage customers with Tuesday/Wednesday service, tree pickup will be on Saturday, Jan. 4. For Thursday/Friday service, pickup will be on Saturday, Jan. 11. Place tree in regular pickup spot by 6:00 a.m. Trees over 6 feet must be cut in half. Call City of Olympia at (360) 753-8340 for more information.

City of Tumwater residents may place undecorated trees behind the curb near their closest main intersection beginning Monday, January 13. Please be sure to keep sidewalks, bike lanes, and roadways clear when dropping off trees. It may take several days for crews to pick up all trees. For more information, please contact Tumwater Public Works at (360) 754-4150.

Multi-family complex residents: Check with your property manager for tree placement locations.