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A note about the garbage strike

Waste Management Affected Service Area

You may have noticed Seattle is facing a strike affecting garbage and recycling collection in West Seattle, South Seattle, and Northwest Seattle.  This is the service area for Waste Management, which serves roughly 60% of Seattle.  Central Seattle and Northeast Seattle are not affected by the strike; they are served by CleanScapes.

You can find updates from Seattle Public Utilities here about when to put your garbage, recycling and yard wasted out if it is not picked up.

Seattle Public Utilities notes that under the terms of the City’s contract with Waste Management, Waste Management is required to continue service in the event of any disruption. Any missed collections due to labor complications must be collected later in the week, or the following week. Waste Management will not be paid for any non-service. The contract allows the City to deduct approximately $4,500 per day for services not completed the next day; any disruptions that continue for more than a week can result in fines of up to $250,000 per day.

You can view this map to see if you live in an area affected by the strike, or click on the image in this blog post.

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