The continuing strike by Teamsters Union drivers means Waste Management will not pick up garbage, recycling or yard waste in Seattle today. Tuesday customers should put out all their waste next Tuesday, and they won’t be charged for extra.
Seattle Public Utilities says Wednesday customers should put out their bins by 7 a.m. Wednesday as usual, in the hopes that the strike will be over by then.
The strike is affecting about 60 percent of the city, in Northwest and South Seattle. Teamsters Local 117’s contract with Waste Management expired May 31 and union drivers went on strike last Wednesday, July 25. Teamsters 174 garbage and yard drivers have been honoring the Local 117 picket lines.
Collections by CleanScapes, which covers about 40 percent of the city are not impacted by the strike.
SPU continues to urge Waste Management and the Teamsters to engage in good faith negotiations toward a speedy and successful outcome.
Under its contract with the city, Waste Management is required to continue services in the event of any disruption. Specifically, any missed collections due to any 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 $15,000 to $20,000 per day in payments to Waste Management for any services that are not completed the next day. For any interruptions that continue more than a week, contractors can also be fined substantially for service failure, up to $1.25 million per day.
Protecting public health and safety continues to be the city’s top priority throughout this collection disruption.
Customers with solid waste service issues or concerns may call the Call Center at (206) 684-3000.