Waste Management garbage customers will see a credit on their next trash bill thanks to a $237,000 settlement reached with company late last year.
The credit compensates customers for Waste Management’s failure to make scheduled solid waste collections from and represents $10 per cart and $50 per dumpster that was not collected during the strike.
City Staff first presented several options for how to spend the settlement in early December. Click here to read about the options.
The Renton Administration’s recommended using the funds is a combination of options one and two: A credit for commercial customers and a one-time curbside cleanup event for residential customers.
Discussion on the issue continued at a Jan. 14 Committee of the Whole meeting where council members decided to go with a customer credit instead of the staff’s recommended commercial credit and residential clean up solution.
“This service credit we negotiated with Waste Management is intended to compensate our customers who had their garbage or recyclables go uncollected during the strike in July 2012,” said Renton Mayor Denis Law. “We had a contract with Waste Management and the extended strike forced us to seek compensation when they didn’t fulfill their obligations with us during the strike. We are pleased to have settled this matter with Waste Management, and look forward to continued uninterrupted solid waste services in Renton.”
City of Renton Waste Management garbage and recycling customers will see a service credit on their February bill. The credit compensates customers for Waste Management’s failure to make scheduled solid waste collections from July 25 to August 1, 2012, due to an employee strike. The Renton City Council approved the settlement at the January 14, 2013, regular city council meeting.
Customers in the Renton Allied Waste service area were unaffected by the Waste Management strike.
*Editor's Note: Information provided by the City of Renton.