SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has ordered the city's garbage transfer stations to accept trash at no charge from residents affected by the strike by drivers for Waste Management.
In a news release, McGinn also said fines levied against Waste Management will be returned to Seattle Public Utilities customers as reductions in their bills.
Single-family residents in Waste Management's service areas can drop off up to six bags of garbage and yard waste for free at the South and North transfer stations starting Wednesday. Customers must bring identification to show they are Seattle residents.
The North transfer station is at 1350 North 34th Street in the Fremont/Wallingford area. The South Recycling and Disposal Station is at 8105 5th Avenue South in the South Park area. Both are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Recycling drop-off is always free.
Waste Management could face possible fines of $1.25 million a day if the service failure lasts more than a week. The strike would pass that deadline Wednesday.
McGinn directed SPU to return any collected penalties to its customers, in the form of adjustments to their solid waste bills. Details of that arrangement are being developed by SPU, according to the news release.
Waste Management said it's bringing in more drivers to replace striking union drivers who have disrupted garbage, yard waste and recycle pickups for more than 200,000 customers in the Seattle-Everett area.
The union for striking recycle and yard waste trucks extended picketing Tuesday to a Waste Management facility in Burlington.