Happening today: Trash/recycling changes; break; bag-fee vote

March 30, 2009 at 6:03 am | In Bag fee battle, Utilities, West Seattle schools | 9 Comments

TRASH/RECYCLING CHANGES: Today’s the day it all starts. If you’re like us and had Monday pickup before, they’re not supposed to show up till tomorrow. An online lookup tool is here (but it’s had a few reports of glitches). The recycling changes — more stuff can go in the bin, no more glass separation, etc. — are explained here. Remember that yard waste (including food scraps) is now picked up weekly. And if you’re confused, call 684-3000.

SPRING BREAK: Reminder that Seattle Public Schools (and others) are out this week for spring break, so you’ll see lots more kids around.

BAG FEE ELECTION VOTE: During the meeting that starts at 2 pm today (agenda here), the Seattle City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on putting the disposable-bag-fee referendum on the August 19 ballot. (If you’re new to this story, council members approved an ordinance that would charge shoppers 20 cents for each disposable shopping bag they use. A petition drive bankrolled by the American Chemistry Council [financial report here] was immediately launched to force a referendum vote on the proposal, so the fee hasn’t taken effect.)


  1. Curious as to what to do with the now unnecessary glass-only recycling container. Is the city going to pick them up?

    Comment by jeremy — 8:18 am March 30, 2009 #

  2. I think your second sentence about trash/recycling was a bit confusing. There are a number of us in West Seattle that had Monday pickup before the change that still have Monday pickup.

    Comment by D — 8:27 am March 30, 2009 #

  3. Ditto what D said. My Monday pickup is not changing.

    Comment by AD — 8:37 am March 30, 2009 #

  4. Jeremy – if you don’t want the glass container SPU says to put it on the curb upside down on your next collection day and they’ll take it away.

    Comment by Patrick — 8:41 am March 30, 2009 #

  5. well.. i was going to use my container as a planter….. sandpaper it up a bit and then paint it!! then…. they’ll tell me to return it!

    Comment by lashanna — 8:42 am March 30, 2009 #

  6. x2 using the old glass bin as a planter.

    The trashmen in my hood are having an easy day of it today- they just picked up on friday and they’re back again this morning for the new schedule.

    Comment by austin — 8:56 am March 30, 2009 #

  7. Someone I am sure has already suggested this, but in case they haven’t…how about a WS Art Contest for giving the old glass recycle containers new lives?

    Comment by Mike D. — 9:20 am March 30, 2009 #

  8. I recycled the glass container in my plastics container ;-)

    Comment by Brian — 1:44 pm March 30, 2009 #

  9. what a new crummy service–1st day missed pick ups already

    Comment by john — 11:02 pm March 30, 2009 #

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