Zero Waste

COVID-19 Impacts

in compliance with the Governor’s “Stay Home and Stay Healthy” order, the City of Olympia will not be permitting any festivals or events until further notice. Festival and Event Permit Applications will not be available or accepted until permitting reopens.

Planning a Zero Waste Event

Planning a zero waste event involves taking steps toward more successful recycling and starting to collect and compost food scraps with the ultimate goal being little to no garbage collected at your event.

Whether it's a company picnic, sporting event, family reunion, or neighborhood get together, any event can be zero waste!

We Can Help

The City lends out collection bins, signage, and bags to help jurisdictions and organizations put on successful zero waste events. See our Event Loaner Program flyer for details. or:

Contact Kim Johnson at 360.570.5837 or

Opt Out of Junk Mail

Junk mailOver 100 million trees and over 28 billion gallons of water are used to produce one year’s worth of this country’s junk mail. Use the resources below to get your name and address off of mailing lists. Reduce waste, conserve resources and avoid the hassle of disposal by opting out.

Many Olympia addresses receive up to four different phone books each year. Most are delivered in August; be sure to opt out in time for your preferences to be processed.


Over the Phone

  • Dex, 1.877.243.8339
  • Yellow Book, 1.800.929.3556
  • Ziplocal, 1.801.225.0801

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) external link serves to protect American consumers. Your rights as a consumer under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) include the right to opt out for 5 years or permanently.


Over the Phone

  • Call toll-free 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1.888.567.8688)
  • Deaf or hard of hearing? Call 7–1–1 and refer the Relay Operator to 1.800.821.9631.

Opting Out can be as easy as a few clicks. Staying out can take a bit more effort. Here are five surefire ways to do it.

  1. Use the magic words

    "Please do not rent, sell or trade my name or address." These are the magic words you’ll want to use when you’re filling out forms like warranty cards, subscriptions, raffles, customer information cards, credit card applications, memberships forms, etc. Write these words next to your personal information, and repeat them when making purchases over the phone or on the internet, and you will stay off mailing lists.

    *A note about warranties: Warranty and registration cards are usually just a way to get consumer information from you that is then often sold to direct mailers. Read the fine print to see if you are required to return the card to validate the warranty.

  2. Get on in-house lists only
    Contact your personal credit card companies and ask them to place your name and information on their "in house” list that is not sold or traded to other companies.
  3. Prevent unwanted solicitations
    If you contribute once a year to a charitable organization, ask them to send you only one donation request per year, or see if they can send you a paperless request via e-mail.
  4. Watch out for contests & free offers
    Their purpose is often to obtain your name for mailing lists or to sell you something. If you do sign up for one, be sure to use the magic words.
  5. Tell publishers no thanks
    When you receive a catalog or publication you don’t want, take the 30 seconds it requires to nip it in the bud. Call the 1-800 number of the publisher of the unwanted catalog or publication to have your name removed from their list.

Waste-Free Gift Certificates

Looking for the perfect, waste-free gift? Reduce waste while reducing stress! Spend less time shopping and more time with friends and family. Download, print and personalize one of our many certificates for kids and adults for a wide variety of waste-free gifts. There are even generic options so you can give a gift all your own.

Visit our Waste Free Gift Certificates page to get started