CANCELED AGAIN: No residential garbage, recycling, yard-waste pickup again Thursday

Seattle Public Utilities has officially canceled residential solid-waste collection for tomorrow (Thursday), too – here’s the grid:

As we reported this morning, if your missed collection day this week would have included recycling, they’ll try to make that up next week. Tonight’s update reiterates that and answers a few other questions:

Customers missed this week will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling, and yard waste at no additional charge, on their next scheduled collection day.

If you are setting out extra next week, here are a few tips:

-Extra garbage can be set out in bags or a personal can.
-Extra recycling can go out in a cardboard box or paper bag.
-Extra compost shouldn’t contain food and can go in a personal can or paper bag.
-See more details on our website.

Customers whose recycling was not picked up this week due to unsafe conditions created by snow and ice should set out their recycling carts (along with garbage and food/yard waste carts) on their next collection day, even though it is not their scheduled week for recycling pickup.

Our Solid Waste contractors will make every attempt to pick up recycling next week but this requires servicing an additional set of routes they are normally not equipped to cover, in addition to collecting double volumes on regular routes, during the recovery week.

If a customer’s recycling is not collected next week, they can set out extra recycling, at no additional cost, on their next scheduled recycling pickup day.

11 Replies to "CANCELED AGAIN: No residential garbage, recycling, yard-waste pickup again Thursday"

  • WSB December 29, 2021 (7:52 pm)

    Our error has been corrected above (thanks to the reader who quickly caught it) – Thursday customers are still currently set for Friday pickup this week, but everybody else (Mon-Tue-Wed and Fri) customers are postponed until next week. – TR

  • Colonel Mustard's Wrench December 29, 2021 (7:57 pm)

    After reading the SPU statement about recycle pick-up, and considering what Jon Wright recalls about the past, we will all probably be happier if we plan on our recycle being picked up in 2 1/2 weeks. 
    Start storing overflow recycle, and then set it out in 2 1/2 weeks per SPU’s protocol.
    The SPU statement is “PR nice”, but there is no promise.  And the reality is that next week, they will be slinging large volumes of overflow, and will likely not have the staffing to deal with recycle on top of that.

    Good luck everybody !

  • Retired Don December 29, 2021 (8:52 pm)

    I don’t  understand about extra compost can not contain food scraps. I thought that was what compost bin was for?.???

    • WSB December 29, 2021 (9:07 pm)

      It’s what the compost bin is for but not extra bags. I wondered about that too and will be asking out of curiosity, but I would speculate it’s because if it’s in the regular bin, the crew generally doesn’t come into contact with it, while there’s more risk of that if it’s just in a bag – and discarded food is more likely to carry some kind of germs/bacteria than yard trimmings.

      • Friend O'Dinghus December 29, 2021 (9:26 pm)

        I’m guessing what they are trying to say is that yard waste extras are welcome, but please put any extra food waste in the bin, not beside the bin as an extra. This I believe would be because of scavengers of all type spreading the food waste around because extra bags outside the bin will not be protected.

      • Sue H December 29, 2021 (9:28 pm)

        I would also think that a loose bag of food scraps is more likely to be ripped open by an animal and strewn all over the place.

    • Auntie December 29, 2021 (9:22 pm)

      how much extra food scraps do you have? Do you have twenty turkey carcasses?That’s a big can! If you have extra yardwaste, OK, just put it out and make sure it is next to your yard waste can – just don’t put food in the extra bags. 

  • M December 29, 2021 (10:25 pm)

    Besides garbage pickup, are there other neighborhoods not getting their mail? We haven’t gotten mail in our neighborhood since Dec 24th.

  • Freddie December 30, 2021 (11:53 am)

    I live on Delridge and haven’t got mail since Dec 20

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