Trash trucks resume service in most areas

Trash trucks resume service in most areas
SEATTLE -- Days filled with holiday treats and being merry have left behind a trail of trash that are now mounting outside area homes, from Tacoma to Snohomish.

Many residents gave thanks on Monday as trash trucks resumed normal service in most areas and began emptying overflowing bins that have been sitting idle for weeks.

But trash companies warn it will take at least a week to make up for the missed weeks, even with drivers working overtime and tripling the number of runs.

"We're running a little heavy today," said driver Carl Simmons.

On Monday alone, trucks picked up more than 600 tons of trash at the Fremont Transfer Station.

Icy road conditions continue to limit service in Arlington, Stanwood, Tulalip, Monroe and Mukilteo. Residents can take their trash to Monroe City Hall, Mountlake Terrace City Hall or Old Mukilteo City Hall until service resumes.

Yard waste will not be collected this week in unincorporated King County areas around Burien, Renton, and Newcastle in order to focus on delayed trash and recycling pickup.

Both Waste Management and Allied Waste say they are two weeks behind schedule.

"We want to know why it's taking so long for the streets to get cleared," said Rita Smith of Waste Management. "It's a domino effect. When the streets aren't cleared, our trucks can't safely access the containers."

Allied Waste Services said it is being overrun with boxes, wrapping paper and bottles, all of which have grown heavy from sitting outside and soaking in the rain.

Even with trucks back on track, some residents were ready to get rid of the unsightly pile that has been building outside their homes. On Monday Cal Folsom picked up trash from his whole street and brought it to the transfer station himself.

"Just 'cause it's been three weeks for us," he said.

Trash pickup will be delayed once again by the holiday on Thursday. Thursday customers' trash will be picked up on Friday and Friday runs, in turn, will be pushed back until Saturday.

For a list of transfer stations in Western Washington, click here.