Bellevue garbage will be picked up.
That's what Republic Services, formerly known as Allied Waste, says in a press release issued Wednesday, as other cities face a garbage strike.
Teamsters Local 117 ratified a 5-year agreement with Republic Services in June, and the company believes that garbage pickup will not be affected in Bellevue and other areas that that it serves, according to the press release.
“You may have seen media coverage about a disruption in the collection of recyclables and waste,” Mike Huycke, Republic’s Northwest Area President Huycke said in a prepared statement. “To be clear, this is due to negotiations between the Teamsters and one of our competitors…and there is no reason to believe Republic’s customers will be impacted by this situation.”
(Bellevue Patch has a call to the Teamsters 117 to verify that no strikes are scheduled for other garbage service providers.)
Kirkland, Woodinville and other cities will see garbage pickup disruptions as contract talks between , which maintains its regional headquarters in Kirkland, and Teamsters Local 117 broke down last month. The 153 drivers have been working without a contract since the previous one expired on May 31, and today the union has initiated a strike. Kirkland Patch .