Lewis County vacation recycling extended through January 15 after winter conditions

By The Chronicle team

The icy driving conditions last week prevented WSU volunteers Lewis County Master Recycler Composter and Master Gardener from hosting a previously scheduled holiday recycling event in Centralia.

Due to these circumstances, the recycling program will be extended.

Volunteers will be in the parking lot outside the gate of the Lewis County Central Transfer Station at 1411 S. Tower Ave. in Centralia until January 15 to accept unwanted trees, styrofoam and Christmas lights for recycling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily.

All decorations and garlands should be removed from trees and wreaths. No tree or flocked or artificial wreath will be accepted.

The transfer station event will also accept toasted Christmas lights, packing styrofoam and foodservice styrofoam.

All items must be free of tape and labels, clean and dry. Volunteers ask that individuals bring the styrofoam in clear bags and sorted by type.

Other holiday items that can be recycled at Lewis County transfer stations in Centralia and Morton, or curbside recycling programs, include paper holiday cards, wrapping paper, boxes – gifts and corrugated boxes.

WSU volunteers Lewis County Master Recycler Composter and Master Gardener offer the Centralia regional service free of charge, but will accept donations to support their community education projects throughout the year.

Visitors are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing when dropping off items.

The annual tree recycling event in Centralia is sponsored by Volunteer Groups in conjunction with Pacific Mobile and the Lewis County Public Works Department’s Solid Waste Division to collect Christmas trees for shredding at a later date . The wood chips are used in the City of Centralia’s biosolids composting program.

Volunteers diverted approximately 14 tonnes of Christmas trees from landfills last year.

Anyone with questions regarding holiday recycling can call 360-740-1212 or 360-740-1451, or email swu@lewiscountywa.gov.