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What to Do In Case of Interrupted Collection Services Due to Weather

Garbage, recycling and yard/food waste collection is dependent on road and weather conditions for our drivers and public safety. With winter weather in the forecast for the upcoming week, we may experience some delays in service due to icy roads and other hazardous conditions.

Rest assured that Seattle Public Utilities is watching the forecast closely. With our contractors, we’ll assess the roads continuously and take advantage of every weather opportunity to pick up waste but safety is our priority.

If we experience interrupted collection services due to ice or snow, here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

  • Stay up to date with delays and rescheduled collections with the Recycle It app, through our twitter and right here on the blog.
  • When in doubt, set out your carts and leave them out throughout the following day.

  • If your carts have not been collected by the end of that following day, bring them in and set them out on your next scheduled collection day.

  • If your carts have not been collected from the previous week due to weather, you can set out double amounts on your next pickup day for no extra charge.

In the event of snow and/or ice, City emergency planners urge residents to prepare their homes for cold weather, build emergency supply kits for homes and vehicles, and not to drive unnecessarily. For more information on how to prepare for winter weather, please visit the Seattle Department of Transportation’s winter weather website and Take Winter By Storm. Additionally, for up to date information pertaining to impacts in the City of Seattle, please sign up for alerts at Alert.Seattle.Gov.

Stay safe out there!