S ome Maple Valley residents will not have their garbage picked up due to a labor strike in Alabama that has affected local collections.
Allied Waste drivers in Bellevue, Lynnwood and Kent are picketing today in support of striking drivers in Mobile, Ala., says Peg Mulloy, a spokesperson for Allied’s parent company, Republic Services, in Phoenix.
As part of the Kent service area, Allied collects from Maple Valley residents who live outside the city limits in unincorporated King County and those who live in the Maple Woods and Maple Ridge Highlands neighborhoods. Waste Management collects garbage from everybody else in the city limits.
Allied customers who are missed today can put out double the usual permitted garbage, recycling and yard waste loads on their regularly scheduled collection day next week.
In all, the work stoppage may affect 60,000 residential customers of Allied in suburban Seattle, Mulloy says. The company is working on finding replacement drivers if picketing continues past today.
“We just ask our customers for their patience; we know this isn’t their fault,” Mulloy says.