Ready to untrim your tree? Here's where to haul it

Thurston County residents can free themselves of their Christmas trees this week, with multiple opportunities for free tree recycling.

Trees will be accepted from all residents for free from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Saturday at the Waste and Recovery Center, 2418 Hogum Bay Road N.E., Lacey.

Trees should be prepared for disposal and be free of twine, ornaments, stands, tinsel and nails. Flocked trees will be accepted. For curbside programs, trees taller than 6 feet need to be cut in half.

Other options exist for residents who cannot haul their own trees to the compost center:

Lacey: Residents have a deadline of 8 a.m. today to take their tree to the curb for pickup by city crews.

Olympia: Garbage customers should place trees in their regular cart location for free curbside collection. Customers with Thursday or Friday garbage service should put trees out by 6 a.m. Saturday. Those with Tuesday or Wednesday garbage service should place trees by 6 a.m. Jan. 16.

Tumwater: Households should place trees at the nearest street corner by 8 a.m. Jan. 11.

Pacific Disposal/LeMay: Organics/yard waste customers should place trees in or next to the organics bin. The trees should be cut into sections no larger than 3 feet. Pacific Disposal/LeMay customers who are not signed up for organics/yard waste service should place trees next to their garbage bins on their regular garbage collection days. The trees must be cut into sections no longer than 3 feet, and a $3.33 fee applies per each section, except in Yelm and Rainier. In Yelm, the cost per section is $3.35, and in Rainier, it is $4.15.

Rainier: Residents can take their trees to the drop box at 13010 Rainier Acres Road on Friday or Saturday. The drop box will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. those days. Tree dropoff is free only on those dates.

Rochester: Residents can take their trees to the drop box at 16500 Sargent Road on Tuesday or Saturday. The box will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tree dropoff is free on those dates only.

Tenino: Residents can take trees to the corner of McClellan Street and Sussex Avenue through Saturday.

Yelm: Residents can take their trees to Yelm City Park anytime through Sunday.

Shelton: The city will pick up Solid Waste Utility customers’ Christmas trees for free through Friday. Customers are asked to place their trees by their garbage containers. Trees will be picked up on customers’ regular garbage pickup days. Residents also can take their trees to Bill McTurnal Enterprises, 721 Kamilche Lane, where trees will be accepted during daylight hours until Saturday.


No limbs, boughs, greenery, or other yard and garden items will be accepted through the tree-pickup programs. These items may be taken to the yard debris site at the Waste and Recovery Center, where regular rates apply. The minimum charge is $8.

Residents of apartments, condominiums and other multi-family complexes should check with property managers for tree-placement locations or use the dropoff locations listed.

Recycling foam packaging

Dart Container Corp. in Tumwater accepts some plastic foam materials at its recycling center, 600 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater.

The recycling station accepts plastic foam cups, plates, take-out food containers, egg cartons and molded foam used to package electronics. It does not accept straws, lids or packaging peanuts.

Containers should be free of food and placed in a clear plastic bag for dropoff. The recycling bin is available for use seven days a week, 24 hours a day and is free to the public.