Teamsters Union Strikes, Public Pays the Price - No Garbage, Recycling or Yard Waste Collection

Waste Management Strike Update #1: No Garbage, Recycling, Yard Waste Collection Today


Garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection services will not be provided on Thursday, July 26. Teamsters’ Local 117, whose membership includes recycling and yard waste truck drivers for Waste Management, Inc. (WMI), remain on strike and Teamsters’ Local 174, whose membership includes garbage truck drivers, are honoring the Local 117 picket lines.  Kirkland customers with Thursday collection service are encouraged to remove their garbage, recycling, and yard waste carts from the street.  A double load of garbage and recyclables will be collected at no additional cost on the next regularly scheduled service day.  City solid waste customers are encouraged to stay informed on the progress of the strike and service interruptions by visiting the WMI website at  Questions or concerns should be directed to WMI at 1-800-592-9995 or


The City contracts with WMI for residential, multifamily and commercial garbage, recycling and organics collection services. WMI has begun implementing its strike contingency plan.  Initially, the plan will focus on restoring collection service to critical commercial customers associated with public health such as hospitals, nursing homes, and day care centers.