Thurston County Solid Waste is responsible for receiving, processing, and safely disposing of the county's solid waste.
The total amount of garbage disposed of in Thurston County decreased between 2008 and 2014. Approximately 159,000 tons of solid waste were thrown away in Thurston County in 2014 (or roughly 1,200 pounds of trash per resident of the County).
When disposed, this garbage is transferred to the Waste and Recovery Center, a state-of-the-art transfer station opened in May of 2000. This transfer station accommodates up to 600 tons of waste per day. Garbage from the Waste and Recovery Center is loaded onto trucks, hauled to Centralia, and then placed on rail cars to be transported by train to the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Klickitat County. The Waste and Recovery Center replaces a landfill which operated on the site between 1972 and 2000.
Since 2007, recycling totals have fluctuated between about 44,500 and 57,500 tons per year. In 2014, roughly 370 pounds were recycled per County resident.