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No solid waste pickup on New Year’s Day

December 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling or yard waste on Wednesday, New Year’s Day. Customers with regularly scheduled waste pickup on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will have their waste collected one day later than usual. The city’s Recycling and Disposal Stations will be closed on Wednesday.

Remember, yard waste customers can put out their Christmas tree and holiday greens at no extra charge through Jan 12. (Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.)

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10. Plastic trees are not compostable.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations from Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2013. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge.

Regular residential food and yard waste collection rates resume on Monday, January 13, 2014. The fee for extra yard waste is $4.75 per unit.

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Everything you need to know about disposing of holiday waste

December 19th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities has lots of friendly reminders about how to dispose of garbage, recycling and yard waste this time of year.

  1. There’s no solid waste collection on Christmas Day. Customers whose normal pickup days are Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, will have their waste collected one day later than normal next week. The city’s Recycling and Disposal stations will be closed on Christmas Day as well.
  2. Customers who subscribe to yard waste pickup can put out their Christmas tree and other greens for no extra charge from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12. (Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.) Trees should be cut into sections no longer than six feet, with branches trimmed to less than four feet. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments must be removed. Trees with flocking, tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. (Those trees need to be cut into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20.) Regular residential food and yard waste collection rates resume on Monday, Jan. 13; the fee for extra yard waste is $4.90 per unit.
  3. Customers can drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12. Tree sections must be eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. Limit of three trees per vehicle. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is at 1350 N. 34th St. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except holidays.
  4. Household hazardous waste: Fluorescent bulbs and tubes, Ni-Cad and Lithium rechargeable and other batteries can be disposed of for free at Seattle’s Household Hazardous waste stations. The nearest one to our neighborhood is at 12550 Stone Ave. N. (one block east of Aurora Avenue). Incandescent light bulbs, regular Christmas lights and alkaline batteries (such as AA, AAA, C and D) can go in the garbage, however, some places will recycle them.
  5. You can always put out extra recycling for free. Put it in sturdy boxes or 32-gallon cans next to your recycling cart on your regular collection day.
  6. Recycling do’s and don’ts:
  • Styrofoam packaging can’t be recycled. Many local mail houses accept packing peanuts for reuse; Styro Recycle in Renton will accept styrofoam for recycling. Otherwise, Styrofoam and packing peanuts go in the garbage (but put peanuts in a bag first so they don’t scatter).
  • Flattened cardboard goes in your recycling cart. If it doesn’t fit, put it next to your cart.
  • Ribbons and bows go in the garbage.
  • Gift wrap goes in the recycling. (Don’t burn it; it’s toxic.)
  • Greeting cards, catalogs and envelopes go in the recycling bin, even if they have plastic windows or staples.
  • Electronics can’t be recycled or put in the garbage because they contain hazardous materials. Go to www.ecyclewashington.org or www.takeitbacknetwork.org for locations to drop off your old TVs, monitors and computers.

If you’re not sure what can be recycled or where to do it, you can look it up on this website.

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Garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup on normal schedule on Monday

August 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up garbage, yard waste and recycling on Monday like usual, despite the Labor Day holiday. SPU customers should put out their cans by 7 a.m.

The North and South Recycling and Disposal stations will be open during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 1350 N. 34th St. in Fremont/Wallingford.

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Waste Management to give $5,000 each to 8 Greenwood/Crown Hill/Ballard non-profits

August 14th, 2013 by Doree

Waste Management is looking for eight non-profits in Greenwood, Crown Hill and North Ballard who could use $5,000 each. The money comes from Waste Management’s neighborhood competition to reduce waste. The Wednesday North area won the Think Green Recycling Challenge, beating out nine other neighborhoods.

Last fall, the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) agreed to be the community partner with WM and will be facilitating the grant process, which will award eight grants of $5,000 each. Any nonprofit or community group with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor in the Greenwood/Crown Hill neighborhood is eligible to apply. Applications are available online at www.phinneycenter.org.

Because this program is about building community as much as it is about waste reduction, grants are intended to support groups that are already doing great work in the community and do not have to focus on recycling or waste reduction.

And since this is the community’s grant, all of the applying organizations will help make the decision on the grants as part of the selection process.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 16, 2013. For additional information, contact Ann Bowden at ann@phinneycenter.org.

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Garbage and other waste pickup on normal schedule for Memorial Day

May 24th, 2013 by Doree

Monday customers of Seattle Public Utilities‘ garbage, yard waste, and recycling pickups should put their waste out on Memorial Day like always.

The City of Seattle’s Recycling and Disposal stations will be open during their regular business hours as well, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Station is at 1350 N. 34th St. in Fremont/Wallingford.

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Solid waste collection on normal schedule for Presidents’ Day on Monday

February 14th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up garbage, yard waste and recycling like usual on Monday, even though it’s a holiday. Make sure your containers are set out by 7 a.m.

The North Recycling and Disposal Station in Fremont/Wallingford also will be open on Monday during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Also, SPU is reminding customers that it will pick up bulky items such as couches, beds or dishwashers for a $30 fee ($38 for items containing gases). Call 206-684-3000 to request a bulky item collection. (The Recycling and Disposal stations accept bulky items for the same $30 fee.)

If you want to recycle a refrigerator or a freezer, Seattle City Light will pay you $30 and pick it up for free. Call 1-877-577-0510 or visit www.jacoinc.net to schedule a pick up.

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No Christmas or New Year’s Day waste pickup, will be collected one day later

December 20th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up customers’ garbage, recyling or yard waste on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Customers with Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collections will have their waste picked up one day later than usual those weeks.

Seattle Public Utilities is telephoning customers this week to let them know of the change.

Both of the city’s Recycling and Disposal Stations will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Utilities customers to receive $10 credit for waste pickup strike

September 25th, 2012 by Doree

The City of Seattle has reached a $1.24 million settlement with Waste Management over its Teamsters Union drivers’ eight-day strike last month. That means residential customers will receive a $10 credit on their November-December bill for missed collections. Apartment/condo buildings and business customers will receive a $50 credit.

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Waste Management will collect Wednesday’s garbage on Saturday

August 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Waste Management drivers are trying to catch up after their week-long strike left residential customers’ waste bins overflowing. Wednesday customers will have their garbage, recycling and yard waste collected tomorrow, on Saturday. Customers won’t be charged extra for any additional items placed at the curb.

Here are Seattle Public Utilities’ instructions for other customers:

Friday Customers:

All carts should be collected today. If not, Leave carts out until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday Customers:

Most recycling pickup was missed yesterday, August 2. Put out all recyclables next Thursday, August 9.

Customers who have been affected by the strike may drop off up to 6 bags of either garbage or yard waste in any combination at either of Seattle’s transfer stations for free, through this weekend. Yard waste should not be in plastic bags. Recycling drop off is always free.

Hours have been extended through Friday at the South Transfer Station: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Garbage strike is over, waste pickup has begun

August 2nd, 2012 by Doree

Waste Management’s union drivers voted this morning to end their strike and begin collecting garbage, yard waste and recycling immediately. Trucks will be out on the roads today, but not all scheduled pickups will be completed.

City of Seattle inspectors will be out today, checking for uncollected waste from yesterday, so the city can fine Waste Management for yesterday’s missed pickups. Any missed pickups today will not result in a fine.

Missed waste collections should be set out on the regular day next week; there will be no charge for extra waste.

Residential customers can still drop off up to six bags of either garbage or yard waste at the North and South Transfer Stations for free. (Recycling is always free to drop off.)

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Seattle Public Utilities will refund customers during Waste Management strike

July 31st, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities says it will adjust customers’ bills due to the ongoing strike by garbage, recycling and yard waste drivers from Waste Management. SPU is fining WM for delaying pickups during the strike, and those penalties will be returned to customers in the form of lower bills.

Mayor Mike McGinn has also ordered that all transfer stations be opened to the public at no charge beginning tomorrow, so single-family residences can drop off waste for free.

SPU is now making informational robo calls to all customers.

“We will be rigorously inspecting Waste Management’s work and fining them for every violation,” McGinn said. “We understand that this disruption of service has real consequences for businesses and people, so we will not be charging those who bring their waste to a transfer station. Every penny that we collect from Waste Management in fines will be returned to our customers as reductions to their bill.”

Starting tomorrow (Aug. 1), single-family residents in Waste Management’s service areas may drop off up to six bags of garbage and yard waste for free at the South and North transfer stations, which operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week. Customers should bring appropriate identification — for example, a driver’s license or a utility bill — to demonstrate they are City of Seattle residents.

Recycling drop-off is always free.

SPU is asking Wednesday customers to put garbage, yard waste and recycling out before 7 a.m. tomorrow morning. Carts should be left out until 6 p.m. Thursday night, August 2, for possible collection and recording for fines — up to $1.25 million a day — to be issued to Waste Management.

SPU operates two transfer stations:

  • The North Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 1350 North 34th Street in the Fremont/Wallingford area.
  • The South Recycling and Disposal Station is located at 8105 5th Avenue South in the South Park area.

Both stations are open daily 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Customers who want to avoid lines should drop off items before 2 p.m. Customers can also check to see if there are lines with SPU’s station web cams:

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No waste pickup today for most customers; Wednesday customers should put cans out

July 31st, 2012 by Doree

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.

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