Don’t forget to put out your garbage tonight!
Although a strike by Teamsters Local 174 garbage and yard waste drivers started at 10:30 a.m. today, most Maple Leaf residents (roughly from Interstate 5 to Lake City Way and from Northeast Northgate Way to Northeast 75th Street) are actually serviced by a different contract, CleanScapes, which isn’t part of the strike.
Recycling also will continue to be picked up citywide because it, too, is covered by a different contract.
Here’s a map that shows the collection days, as well as which company provides the service.
Today’s strike alone is expected to affect about 18,000 residential customers, and that number could grow to 1 million if the strike continues. Anybody who misses a pickup because of the strike is asked to put their cans out on their next collection day.
“The city of Seattle is not part of the negotiations between Waste Management and the Teamsters,” said Seattle Public Utilities Acting Director Ray Hoffman. “However, we are disappointed that the two parties were not able to reach an agreement and hope they continue good faith negotiations toward a speedy and successful outcome.”
Our partner The Seattle Times has more on the strike, as well as a Q-and-A on how it could affect you.