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Waste Management Notifies City that Strike in Effect Today

Customers to put out garbage on scheduled collection date and leave it there until it is collected

July 25, 2012

For more information contact:

Preeti Shridhar
, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569
Lys Hornsby, Utility Systems Director, 425-430-7239

RENTON: At approximately 10:30 am today, Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) notified the City of Renton that the Teamsters’ Local 117, whose membership includes recycling and yard waste truck drivers for WMI, initiated a strike. It is unclear at this time whether Teamsters’ Local 174, whose membership includes garbage truck drivers, will strike in kind to honor the Local 117 work stoppage. The expected duration of the strike is unknown at this time. This strike does not impact residents that are served by Allied nor does it affect the King County Transfer Stations.

In the event the drivers do not return to work, The City of Renton is coordinating with WMI on their contingency plan and continues to closely monitor the situation. The contingency plan includes bringing staff from operations across America to serve as route drivers while Local 117 is striking. Typically this takes about a week to organize and implement.

It is the city’s expectation that garbage will be collected for Renton’s residential customers in the next few days. Although there may be delays and the garbage may not be collected on the regular collection day, customers should plan to place their garbage at the curb on their regularly scheduled collection date and leave it there until it is collected.

As per the city’s contract with WMI, performance fees or fines may be applied for any missed collection beginning the week following a strike, and it is the city’s intention to track collections and apply the fines should WMI fail to perform their contractual obligation.

The City of Renton’s Solid Waste Utility will not be issuing refunds to customers during this initial period, as a collection contingency is in place similar to the city’s inclement weather policy. The city will also forward all customer calls regarding missed collections to the Waste Management Call Center at 1-800-592-9995.

The City contracts with WMI for residential, multifamily and commercial garbage, recycling and organics collection services. City solid waste customers are encouraged to stay informed on the progress of the strike and service interruptions by visiting the WMI website. Questions or concerns should be directed to WMI or at 1-800-592-9995.