Kirkland Monitors Possible Garbage Strike


UPDATED Strike averted - Waste Management and the union agreed to continue to negotiate and avoid a strike in the meantime.

Garbage, recycling customers encouraged to be prepared

The City of Kirkland is closely monitoring the possible strike of Teamsters’ Local 174 whose membership includes garbage truck drivers for Waste Management, Inc. (WMI) and Allied Waste Services.  The City contracts with WMI for residential, multi-family and commercial garbage, recycling and organics collection services.  City solid waste customers are encouraged to stay informed on the progress of the labor negotiations by visiting WMI website at  It is recommended that customers scheduled for collection on Thursday, April 1, place their garbage carts for collection.  In the event of a voted strike, WMI customers who have questions or concerns should contact WMI at (800) 592-9995 or email

For information about the City’s contract with WMI, contact John MacGillivray, Solid Waste Coordinator, Kirkland Public Works at 425-587-3804.