Recycling - Spring Recycle Days
Spring Recycle Days: April 16 - 19, 2013
This curbside collection event is limited to single family residents with City of Olympia garbage service.
Curbside Collection Event
Scrap metal, large metal appliances, tires, porcelain and extra cardboard are the items that will be accepted during Spring Recycle Days, April 16 - 19, 2013. Public Works crews will come by your home on your regular recycle day to pick up your items that are eligible for Spring Recycle Days.
During recycle week: April 16 - 19
Free collection event occurs on your normal recycle day.
Have items out by 6:00 a.m.
Place items near your regular pick-up spot.
What We CAN Accept
Click the [+] to expand lists for specific items we accept during Spring Recycle Days.
Metals (All Types)
We will take steel, aluminum, cast iron, copper, brass, and tin. There is a size limit - maximum length is 8 feet.
- Please remove as many non-metal parts as possible. If it has too much plastic or wood, we will not take it.
- We do not have a specified weight limit, we use equipment to lift the heavy items.
Examples of metal items we accept for Spring Recycle Days include:
- Axles (no oil)
- Barbecues (gas or charcoal)
- Bathtubs (metal or cast iron)
- Car parts (fenders, doors, hoods, etc.)
- Copper wire without insulation
- Engine blocks (no oil)
- Exercise equipment (remove plastic parts)
- Lawn chairs (metal only - remove webbing)
- Lawnmowers; riding or push type (remove gas and oil)
- Metal appliances (non-refrigerated)
- Metal car parts
- Metal sinks
- Pots and pans
- Propane tanks; valve must be removed
Appliances (Metal, Non-refrigerated Only)
There is a limit of 3 per household for the following items. Please remove as many non-metal parts as possible. Note: Many newer appliances may not have enough metal in them to recycle.
- Hot water heaters
Porcelain Toilets and Sinks
Please remove all metal and plastic parts before setting items at the curb.
Tires (Off Rim)
Limit 4 per household. We take car, pick-up truck, motorcycle, and bicycle tires only. Please remove tires from rims. There must be no metal (rims) or plastic (like valve stem caps) left on the tires.
We encourage you to put cardboard in your cart if there is room. If you have too much, you may place it outside of the cart; but only during Spring Recycle Days. After Spring Recycle Days, you will need to have it back inside your cart. Remember to prepare your cardboard:
- Corrugated boxes only (boxes with the "waffle" in the middle)
- Flatten all boxes
- Maximum size limit: 3 feet by 3 feet
- Remove all metal (staples, etc.) and plastic from the cardboard
Can't Find An Item? If your items are not listed above, be sure to check the "What We CANNOT Accept" list below, or email us at email@example.com and we will tell you if it is eligible for pick up during Spring Recycle Days. Also, find answers to your most Frequently Asked Questions.
We DO NOT take these items as part of Spring Recycle Days:
- Electronic Waste (tvs, computers, printers) - Visit www.ecyclewashington.org for e-waste recycling locations near you.
- Extra paper, bottles, glass, and cans outside of the cart
- Flower pots (plastic, pottery, or ceramic)
- Furniture (chairs, sofas, etc.)
- Garden hoses
- Household hazardous waste - Visit Thurston County HazoHouse to learn more.
- Lawn umbrellas or plastic lawn furniture
- Plastic items
- Plastic lawn furniture
- Plastic toasters or toaster ovens
- Refrigerated appliances (see below)
- Vacuum cleaners
- Window glass
- Wood products
Safely Dispose of Freezers, Refrigerators or Air Conditioners
The Clean Air Act prohibits the improper disposal of appliances with chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). For safe disposal of CFC units go to www.wheredoitakemy.org to find companies with pick up service or specific drop off locations for refrigerated appliances.
*Note: PSE offers free pick up and rebates for customers who recycle old refrigerators and freezers, learn more.
When will you pick-up at my house?
Will you take extra recycling if I place it alongside my recycle cart?
Why didn't they pick up all my items?
Where should I put my items for pick up?
What if I set my items out late or miss my day?
Self-Haul Options Available
If you missed your Spring Recycle Days pick-up day, here are a few options:
- Bring metals and extra cardboard to Olympia's Saturday Drop-Off Site,
- Visit www.wheredoitakemy.org for options on where to take miscellaneous items, or
- Call the Thurston County WasteLine for more information, 360.754.5494.
Is Your Item Reusable?
If you have items that could be used again? Consider donating or reselling gently used items before throwing them away.
Local Donation Locations
Donate items in good condition.
- Goodwill in West Olympia or Hawks Prairie - www.goodwill.com
- Value Village in Lacey - www.valuevillage.com
- The Arc of Washington will pick up household items and clothing, call 1.800.826.4310 to schedule a pick up or visit www.arcwa.org/donations.htm
- Community Youth Services accepts clothing and house hold items, call 360.943.0780, ext. 206, or visit www.communityyouthservices.org.
- Exchange free items at www.freecycle.org
- Buy and sell items under $200 at www.2good2toss.com
- Buy and sell items online for free at http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/