Community Recycle Events, Programs & Workshops

Lewis County is working with cities and communities to offer free recycling events and opportunities to properly dispose of certain materials. Please see the Schedule of Events for 2022 listed below. There have been a few events that have already been scheduled for 2023, too.

The events are offered to Lewis County residents only, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If some recycling containers fill up on the day of the event, that particular recycling opportunity may be closed due to storage and space limitations. Every event will not necessarily offer the same recycling opportunities.

Check out the dates that are confirmed in the chart below, and click on the city or community under "Location" or "Event Services" to see a flyer and rules about that specific event. (Some flyers are still being created, so check back for more details if the link for a certain event is not available yet!)

We are also working with volunteers to offer workshops to educate the community about composting, recycling, soil health, composting with worms, and living a more zero waste lifestyle. These workshops are included in the Schedule of Events listed below.

These events are being offered thanks to Lewis County, E-Cycle Washington, community partners, the WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter volunteers, and a grant from the Department of Ecology.

2022 DATES

EVENT LOCATION

EVENT SERVICES

Oct. 10-Dec. 1

Pick-up is every Thursday

2022 Free Leaf Disposal Program

Programa De Eliminacion De Hojas Gratis 2022

City of Centralia

Residents living within city limits only

The City will provide free Leaf Bin containers for leaves only at your request, while supplies last. The program is one container per address within the city limits of Centralia. The service will provide weekly pickup of leaves to keep out of storm drains. The leaves will be composted.

Nov. 5

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Centralia

Lewis County Central Transfer Station

1411 S. Tower Ave.

Centralia, WA 98531

Leaf Exchange & Styrofoam Recycling: Rake up and bag your leaves so gardeners and composters can put them to good use. Bagged leaves may be dropped off on the event day. Leaves will be available for pickup each day on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. You can also drop off your block and food-service Styrofoam during the event. Make sure the Styrofoam is clean, dry and free of tape. Put each type in clear plastic bags for drop-off. WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter volunteers will be on hand to inspect material for drop off and to help the event run smoothly. If you have questions, please call 360-740-1451 or email jason.adams@lewiscountywa.gov.

Nov. 5

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Centralia

Lewis County Central Transfer Station

1411 S. Tower Ave.

Centralia, WA 98531

Sensitive Document Shredding: The mobile shredding truck will be parked in the lot before you enter the Lewis County Central Transfer Station in Centralia from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents may bring up to 3 bags or boxes or sensitive documents they would like to have shredded. There is no charge for this service. The shredded paper will be recycled at a paper recycling facility.

Nov. 19

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Centralia

Lewis County Central Transfer Station

1411 S. Tower Ave.

Centralia, WA 98531

Leaf Exchange & Styrofoam Recycling: Rake up and bag your leaves so gardeners and composters can put them to good use. Bagged leaves may be dropped off on the event day. Leaves will be available for pickup each day on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. You can also drop off your block and food-service Styrofoam during the event. Make sure the Styrofoam is clean, dry and free of tape. Put each type in clear plastic bags for drop-off. WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter volunteers will be on hand to inspect material for drop off and to help the event run smoothly. If you have questions, please call 360-740-1451 or email jason.adams@lewiscountywa.gov.

Dec. 26-Dec. 31

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Centralia

Lewis County Central Transfer Station

1411 S. Tower Ave.

Centralia, WA 98531

Christmas Tree Recycling, Holiday Light Recycling, Styrofoam Recycling: When the holidays are wrapped up, make plans to give your Christmas trees and other holiday items new life: recycle them!

Volunteers will be on hand in the parking lot outside the gate at the Lewis County Central Transfer Station, 1411 S. Tower Ave., in Centralia from Dec. 26 through Jan. 8, 2023, to accept trees, Styrofoam and unwanted holidays lights for recycling. Hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

The WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter and Master Gardener volunteers offer the Centralia area service for free, but will accept donations to support their community education projects throughout the year. Please remember to wear your masks, and practice social distancing when you drop-off your recyclable items.

The volunteer groups sponsor the annual tree recycling event in Centralia in conjunction with Pacific Mobile and the Lewis County Department of Public Works Solid Waste Utility Division to collect Christmas trees for grinding at a later date. The wood chips are used in the City of Centralia’s bio-solids composting program. All decorations and tinsel must be removed from the trees and wreaths. No flocked or artificial trees or wreaths will be accepted.

Volunteers will also accept burned out holiday lights and packing Styrofoam and food service Styrofoam during the event. All items must be free of tape and labels, and clean and dry. Volunteers ask that you bring the Styrofoam in clear bags, and sorted by type.

Anyone with questions regarding holiday recycling may call 740-1212 or 740-1451, or email swu@lewiscountywa.gov.

2023 DATES

EVENT LOCATION

EVENT SERVICES

Jan. 1 to Jan. 8

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Centralia

Lewis County Central Transfer Station

1411 S. Tower Ave.

Centralia, WA 98531

Christmas Tree Recycling, Holiday Light Recycling, Styrofoam Recycling: When the holidays are wrapped up, make plans to give your Christmas trees and other holiday items new life: recycle them!

Volunteers will be on hand in the parking lot outside the gate at the Lewis County Central Transfer Station, 1411 S. Tower Ave., in Centralia from Dec. 26 through Jan. 8, 2023, to accept trees, Styrofoam and unwanted holidays lights for recycling. Hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

The WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter and Master Gardener volunteers offer the Centralia area service for free, but will accept donations to support their community education projects throughout the year. Please remember to wear your masks, and practice social distancing when you drop-off your recyclable items.

The volunteer groups sponsor the annual tree recycling event in Centralia in conjunction with Pacific Mobile and the Lewis County Department of Public Works Solid Waste Utility Division to collect Christmas trees for grinding at a later date. The wood chips are used in the City of Centralia’s bio-solids composting program. All decorations and tinsel must be removed from the trees and wreaths. No flocked or artificial trees or wreaths will be accepted.

Volunteers will also accept burned out holiday lights and packing Styrofoam and food service Styrofoam during the event. All items must be free of tape and labels, and clean and dry. Volunteers ask that you bring the Styrofoam in clear bags, and sorted by type.

Anyone with questions regarding holiday recycling may call 740-1212 or 740-1451, or email swu@lewiscountywa.gov.

Jan. 7

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Centralia

Lewis County Central Transfer Station

1411 S. Tower Ave.

Centralia, WA 98531

Sensitive Document Shredding: The mobile shredding truck will be parked in the lot before you enter the Lewis County Central Transfer Station in Centralia from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents may bring up to 3 bags or boxes or sensitive documents they would like to have shredded. There is no charge for this service. The shredded paper will be recycled at a paper recycling facility.

*Except where noted

Lewis County Solid Waste Utility

P.O. Box 180
1411 S. Tower Ave.

Centralia, WA, 98531

360-740-1451

Email: swu@lewiscountywa.gov