Curbside Recycling

Curbside recycling is a program in which customers pay for a 96-gallon tote to be picked up every two weeks. The following items can be included in curbside recycling containers:

***Please make sure all containers are empty, clean, and dry.***

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Office Paper
  • School Paper
  • Junk Mail
  • Tin Cans
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Plastic Jugs
  • Plastic dairy cups

Proposed expansion of curbside recycling program to countywide service to include Glenoma, Mineral, Randle, and Packwood

Lewis County Commissioners are considering expanding curbside recycling countywide. They have been hearing from residents living east of Morton who are interested in having a curbside recycling program available to them. Commissioners have asked County staff to conduct a survey to determine interest in expanding curbside recycling countywide. The survey is scheduled to be mailed out mid-July with a self-addressed, stamped postcard to make it more convenient for residents to participate. The survey will also be available online at www.lewiscountywa.gov/recyclingsurvey (The link will be live once the survey has been mailed).

The proposed program would include a 96-gallon container, to be provided by the waste and recycling hauler, and picked up every two weeks for the collection of the following items: cardboard, newspaper, mail, plastic bottles, plastic jugs, tin cans, and aluminum cans. Garbage service is already available to all residents of Lewis County.

Garbage and recycling services are not free. If approved, a recycling fee would be added to all residential accounts with garbage service to cover the expense associated with the expanded service. The exception would be for customers who request once per month garbage pick-up, and opt out of recycling service. The current cost of the Lewis County program west of Morton is $8.49 per month, set by our service provider LeMay. Based on the sale of recyclables, customers receive a monthly commodity credit of $0.55 cents. This adjustment is set annually, and is based on the revenue generated by the sale of the recyclables during the previous year. The credit is established by the state’s Utilities & Transportation Commission.

Oftentimes, when residents start recycling, they are able to reduce their existing level of garbage service to offset the cost of recycling and save money. For example, if a resident had garbage picked up weekly prior to having recycling available; they may notice their garbage can is not full on pick-up day because they are diverting so much of their waste to recycling. In an effort to offset costs, the user could change their service from weekly pick-up to every other week pick-up, or switch from a 95 gallon refuse container to a 65 gallon container.

The proposed curbside-recycling program for residents in east Lewis County would not include glass, as it damages the recycling sorting machines, contaminates paper recycling, and injures workers. Collection of glass separately minimizes many of these issues. The Lewis County Commissioners are also interested to know whether residents are interested in a separate curbside glass recycling pick-up for an additional fee.

If you have questions about this survey, please don’t hesitate to call 360-740-1451 or email swu@lewiscountywa.gov.

Curbside Recycling from the Town of Pe Ell to the City of Morton, excluding the City of Vader

This service is offered by LeMay Inc. Please call 360-736-4769 or visit their website at www.lewis.lemayinc.com.

Curbside Recycling in the City of Vader

This service is offered by Community Waste & Recycling. Please call 360-623-5383.