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Striking Waste Management workers block a replacement worker's truck from crossing the picket line at the company's South Seattle transfer station. (KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld)

Striking Waste Management workers block a replacement worker's truck from crossing the picket line at the company's South Seattle transfer station. (KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld)

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Free Dump Trips During Trash Strike

Ann Dornfeld
07/31/2012

As the garbage haulers' strike enters its second week, Seattleites can take their trash to the dump for free beginning Wednesday. Meanwhile, Waste Management reports it plans to permanently replace striking workers.

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Mayor Mike McGinn says the city's north and south transfer stations will accept up to six bags of garbage and yard waste per family at no charge. Recycling is always free. Customers need to prove their Seattle residency with a driver's license or utility bill.

Waste Management spokeswoman Robin Freedman says on Tuesday the company doubled the number of replacement workers picking up the slack. She says trucks focused on commercial routes, including grocery stores, restaurants and apartment buildings.

Freedman says many more replacement workers will be arriving over the next day. She says the company will hire some new workers permanently.

Brenda Wiest with the striking Teamsters Local 117 says that's illegal.

Brenda Wiest: "They cannot permanently replace unfair labor practice strikers. We have several unfair labor practice charges pending. This is just another technique to scare our drivers and break their solidarity. But we had already talked with our drivers about this, so they are not concerned."

The strike is affecting customers across the region, from Arlington to Auburn.

Public Health – Seattle & King County says inspectors are in the field to look for potential trash–related health hazards. Public Health recommends residents whose garbage routes have been skipped should consider double–bagging food waste and storing it separately from yard waste in a tightly–lidded garbage can.

Beginning Wednesday, Waste Management will be liable for up to $1.25 million in fines per day for missed trash pickups in Seattle.

Andy Ryan: "If and after we collect these penalties, they'll be credited back to customers' accounts. We haven't figured out exactly how we're going to do that, but we will."

That's Seattle Public Utilities spokesman Andy Ryan. He says customers should now leave their bins out until the day following their scheduled pickup day. So, Wednesday customers should leave their bins out until Thursday evening. That will let Utilities count the number of blocks that haven't been served and fine the company accordingly.

I'm Ann Dornfeld, KUOW News.

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