Solid waste pickup canceled again and buses still on snow routes as temps stay below freezing

The City of Seattle has canceled its solid waste pickup for the second day in a row as winter conditions persist in Seattle today.

King County Metro is operating on its Emergency Snow Network again due to freezing temperatures and difficult road conditions. Only about 60 core bus routes are currently running during the reduced service. Metro says they’ll extend the service reduction until conditions improve.

Seattle City Light is also advising residents to stay prepared by keeping devices charged and reminding people not to use generators or barbecues indoors even if the power goes out. They advise that residents keep doors and windows shut and open blinds that face sunlight to help warm up the home.

Seattle Public Utilities says the significant snow and ice on residential streets means that solid waste collection will be postponed with the following impacts:

  • Monday customers will be serviced next week – Monday Jan. 3 
  • Tuesday customers will be serviced Wednesday, if conditions allow 
  • Wednesday and Thursday customers will be collected this Thurs and Friday, if conditions allow 
  • Friday customers will need to be delayed to next Friday, Jan. 7, due to the January 1 holiday which falls on Saturday

SPU says essential commercial customers will continue to be serviced this week.  

All SPU transfer stations and household hazardous material locations will be open normal hours on Tuesday and the rest of the week. SPU says customers who were missed this week will be allowed to set out double their normal amount of garbage, recycling, and yard waste at no additional charge on their next collection day.

More snow is in the forecast for the rest of the week, with the National Weather Service predicting up to 4 inches of snow in some areas between Wednesday and Friday.

Photo: Seattle City Light