WEST SEATTLE SNOW AFTERMATH: Here’s where the trash/recycling/etc. situation stands

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To recap before night’s end, here’s the newest info from Seattle Public Utilities, via its newest update and questions to which we obtained answers via email:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SATURDAY: If you are a Monday, Thursday, or Friday customer, and you haven’t been picked up yet, keep your garbage bins out tomorrow. SPU adds, “We will also attempt to collect Thursday and Friday customers’ recycling and food/yard waste” continuing on Saturday.

Tomorrow, you can also drop off trash (no recycling or food/yard waste) 10 am-3 pm at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW).

And all weekend, delayed-pickup customers can also take one carload or truckload (420 pounds maximum combined weight) of trash/recycling/yard waste to a transfer station. The nearest is South, 130 S. Kenyon, and it’s open 8 am-5:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

IF YOU’RE A TUESDAY CUSTOMER: If your recycling was missed this week and wouldn’t normally be picked up again until a week from Tuesday, SPU’s Sabrina Register told us in response to our question – put it out anyway: “Tuesday customers whose recycling was not picked up last week should set out their recycling cart this coming Tuesday, Feb. 19th. Crews will attempt to pick up all recycling that was not picked up from Tuesday customers last week.”

ABOUT THAT CREDIT: If you missed two pickups, whether you’re a Monday or Tuesday customer, you don’t have to report it to SPU to be eligible for the $10 credit, Register says.

26 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SNOW AFTERMATH: Here's where the trash/recycling/etc. situation stands"

  • Trash Tuesday February 15, 2019 (10:35 pm)

    Tuesday customer here with no TRASH pickup this week!  Why do these announcements keep excluding us?  What do we do?  Our can has been ready for pickup since Tuesday.  

    • WSB February 15, 2019 (11:13 pm)

      Sorry if it’s not clear. What SPU is saying is that it intends to pick up everything on Tuesday (which is our day too) – the clarifying question was, what if last Tuesday was your recycling day, do you just have to wait until the next regular pickup day week after next, and the answer to that is, put out your recycling too this week, because they’re going to try to get that as well.

  • Paget February 16, 2019 (3:51 am)

    I’m not seeing anything about Wednesday customers…?When will our pick up be? Not until next week?

  • Kate February 16, 2019 (6:46 am)

    We’ve had our bins out since February 4th!

  • Chrissy February 16, 2019 (8:15 am)

    We our Wednesday customers and only our recycling was picked up but trash was left behind.  Does this post mean Wednesday customers should leave their out still?

  • Mike February 16, 2019 (8:44 am)

    Looking forward to almost three weeks of trash, recycle and yard waste to be picked up.  The crows and seagulls are circling.  I’m happy that the big trucks were not out when roads were unsafe for them and everyone else.

  • Jimmy February 16, 2019 (9:28 am)

    I have a lot to say here after having some very poor customer service experience on the phone and by email with waste management but i’ll not get fully into that. I understand and they need to keep drivers safe and I agree with them not picking up when it’a snowy/icy but when pick-ups are missed they should resume them with the people who were first missed. Our last recycling pickup was January 14, last compost/yard waste January 21 and we just had garbage picked up this week after also waiting since the 21st.Sure, it’s nice I can drop things off but I don’t relish spending my Saturday loading my car full with a month’s worth of wet recycling and compost.It it feels like they’re just making it up as we go along. With policy and the plan changing day-to-day. I’d like to see a public statement about how they could have handled this better. A credit is nice but what I really want is an apology.

    • WSB February 16, 2019 (9:42 am)

      Please note, the dropoff at the stadium is GARBAGE ONLY. You might have been referring to the transfer station, which takes all three, but just in case …

      • Jimmy February 16, 2019 (10:01 am)

        Thanks for the info, we really appreciate the work you do. Regular WSB reader, first time posting.Also sorry for the poor formatting, writing from my cell. 

  • High Point February 16, 2019 (10:31 am)

    Just for clarification: Tuesday customers can still put out extra garbage on the curb this coming Tuesday at no extra cost?

    • WSB February 16, 2019 (11:05 am)

      From yesterday’s SPU web update (the one timestamped 9 pm ish last night seems to have disappeared but same info):
      “If you are a Tuesday or Wednesday customer and your collection was missed please bring your bins in.

      Any customers whose collection was missed this week may put out double the amount of garbage, recycling, or food/yard waste next week, when regular service is expected to resume (weather permitting). Please put out recycling even if it is not your scheduled recycling week. We will make every attempt to collect it.”

  • Maxine February 16, 2019 (12:30 pm)

    Anything about recycle pick ups for Monday customers?

  • Mj February 16, 2019 (1:07 pm)

    Maxine good question.  My neighbors and I are all waiting for pick up, and the cardboard is getting soaking wet.

  • Mariem February 16, 2019 (2:14 pm)

    We should consider ourselves fortunate. Much worse to things could befall any of us due to the storm. 

  • CJ February 16, 2019 (5:41 pm)

    It’s 5:30pm Saturday here in the 6700 block of 42nd Ave SW and no garbage pickup yet. Looks like the announced plan for picking up missed Tuesday trash on Friday or Saturday isn’t happening.

    • WSB February 16, 2019 (6:04 pm)

      They did not say they were picking up Tuesday trash today. See above.

      • Kevin February 16, 2019 (9:48 pm)

        But they did say Monday customers. Again. And again, no pickup happened. Last pick up was 1/28. SPU does not have an effective continuity plan in place. They communicate different plans to the public daily and it gives visibility into the competency of their leadership. We are looking at public health and sanitary issues when a more significant event happens here. SPU needs to be fixed. 

  • Also John February 16, 2019 (8:07 pm)

    Funny…..  Do they believe we all have extra garbage bins just sitting in our garages?  My neighbors are dropping their garbage bags on the ground next to their garbage cans.  They’ve all been ripped apart by the raccoons.  Will SPU pick that mess up?..of course not.

    • Mike February 17, 2019 (7:31 am)

      You should see the alleys in downtown and Capitol Hill, it’s like somebody blew up dumpsters.

  • valvashon February 17, 2019 (8:47 am)

    Dear West Seattle:  I’m putting out my garbage, recycling and yard waste Monday morning.  And there’s quite a bit of it- you’ll see the recycling and garbage outside of the can.  And I’m leaving it out on the curb until it gets picked up.  Sorry if that offends your delicate sensibilities but my kitchen looks like garbagerecyclepoclaypse and it needs to go!

  • John February 17, 2019 (10:43 am)

    Monday customer on 47th. Still no pick up. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.  

    • Mike February 17, 2019 (9:56 pm)

      Ya, they picked up our garbage but still waiting for our yard waste and recycling.  If they don’t pick that up tomorrow (Monday), we’d be looking at over 3 weeks without service on that.

  • Tina February 19, 2019 (7:04 pm)

    Tuesday customer…no recycling picked up 2/19 and it’s 7:00pm. Not sure what the next plan is for us? My neighbors & I are overflowing with our earth-conscious recycling activities and won’t last until 2/26.

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