Despite the possibility of a garbage strike by Thursday, the city wants you to go ahead and put out your trash, recycling and yard waste as usual.
In a release Tuesday afternoon, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) asked customers to observe their regular pickup days. If there’s no pickup, leave it out an extra day, Andy Ryan with SPU says. If it’s still not collected that next day, put it out the following week on your regular day.
The dispute is between Teamsters Local 174 and Waste Management, the company that provides pickup service for about half of Seattle. Queen Anne and Magnolia are both in the CleanScapes service area, and should not be affected by the possible strike. However, it is recommended that everyone put out their garbage regardless of which area they are in. See a map of the city’s service areas here.
Over the weekend the drivers voted to authorize a strike if they
don’t have a new contract by Thursday. The current contract expires at midnight Wednesday.
The city’s contract with Waste Management requires continuation of services, and the company has announced it is lining up replacement drivers.
If you’re wondering what to expect if the union does strike, the Seattle Times has a write-up about how it could affect you.