Heavy snow delays trash pickup for a second week for some Puget Sound communities

Heavy snow delays trash pickup for a second week for some Puget Sound communities (PHOTO: KOMO News)

Trash is piling up fast on sidewalks all over the Puget Sound area. Because of back to back snowstorms, some neighborhoods have missed pickups for the second week in a row.

In this neighborhood in Magnolia, trash is supposed to be picked up on Mondays. For two straight weeks now, trash is sitting here waiting to be picked up. And it may not happen for another day or another week.

“It’s not going to happen,” said Patrick Harding. “Very frustrating. I’m on a street that’s clear so I don’t know why they can’t get down here."

Harding went on to say, “I’ve been leaving it here. Hopefully they’ll come by and pick it up eventually.”

In his 4 years living in Magnolia, Harding says this is the first time his garbage hasn’t been picked up.

“It means I have lots of garbage. Luckily, it’s cold so it doesn’t smell,” Harding said.

A quick call to Seattle Public Utilities and you’ll get a recorded message.

Text messages went to some residents in West Seattle where trash continues to pile up too, for a second Monday.

Some worry about the fall out — animals getting to the trash or the compost.

“I’m not loving looking at is. There’s nothing you can do about it right now,” said Rob Mason. He saw plenty of piles of trash on his walk today.

“I’m not sure what the game plan. Because this is our garbage pickup day. They say they’re coming the next day. But then the next day it snows. And the next day it snows. It’s a little tough right now,” said Mason.

And, more snow is forecasted.

“We have attempted to keep on target. But with icy streets, the last thing we want to see is a several ton garbage truck sliding,” said Mami Hara.

Those who have now missed Monday pickups two weeks in a row, the CEO of Seattle Public Utilities says those homes become a priority.

“We are going to do what we can to prevent them from waiting for three whole weeks. If we are able to get them tomorrow, we will, if we are able to get them the next day we will. Get them at the earliest soonest possible date,” said Hara.

There weren’t any pickups today. But crews will try again tomorrow and if not, the day after.

SPU said, “Monday customers” can put extra bags of garbage, recycling and compost out at no additional charge.

Be sure to sign up for Alert Seattle (for text messages) or check Seattle Public Utilities Twitter posts for the latest updates on trash pick-ups in your community.

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