There’s a time and a place for used trees

Staff writerDecember 27, 2012 

As Christmas celebrations come to an end, those looking for a place to stash their dried-out spruce have a variety of options throughout Thurston County. All trees, including flocked trees, must have ornaments, lights, tinsel, stands and nails removed before they can be recycled.


LeMay: Compost or yard-waste customers can put their trees in or near the compost carts in sections of 3 feet or less. For information, call 360-923-0111.

Olympia: Garbage customers can put their trees in their regular pickup spot by 6 a.m. on collection day. Tree pickup for those whose garbage is usually collected on Thursdays or Fridays is set for Jan. 5, while those with Tuesday or Wednesday pickup days will have their trees taken Jan. 12. For information, call 360-753-8368.

Lacey: City crews will pick up trees left on the curb by 8 a.m. Jan. 7. Boy Scout troops also will offer donation-based pickup service in some neighborhoods Jan. 5. For information, call 360-491-3214.

Tumwater: Residents can put trees on the nearest street corner by 8 a.m. Jan. 7 for pickup. Call 360-754-4150 for information.


Thurston County residents: Trees can be taken to the Waste and Recovery Center, 2418 Hogum Bay Road NE, in Lacey today through Jan. 13. The center will be closed Jan. 1. Hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Rainier: Trees can be dropped at 13010 Rainier Acres Road from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 12.

Rochester: Trees can be taken to 16500 Sargent Road from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 13.

Tenino: Trees can be brought to 418 S. Wichman St. anytime through Jan. 15.

Yelm: Trees can be taken to the Yelm City Park anytime through Jan. 10.

Shelton: Trees will be accepted at Bill McTurnal Enterprises, 721 Kamilche Lane, during daylight hours. People are advised to leave the trees by the closed gates on weekends. Call 360-866-4594 for information.

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