Garbage collection disrupted Thursday in Auburn; here’s what to do

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:41am
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Due to a natural gas pipeline rupture in British Columbia, solid waste collection is canceled Thursday for Waste Management customers.

The explosion on Tuesday, Waste Management said, has disrupted the natural gas supply. The Waste Management trucks that service the City of Auburn are powered by compressed natural gas.

Waste Management appreciates customer understanding and cooperation.

“Waste Management has deployed our top logistics experts to do everything possible to address the situation and activate contingency plans,” said Jackie Lang, public affairs manager for Waste Management. “Our teams are focused on one goal – minimizing disruption for our customers. The best resource of information, as updates are available, is the Waste Management website at”

No credit is given for delayed collection due to weather conditions or uncontrollable circumstances, but up to twice the regular amount is accepted on the next collection day at no charge to compensate for the missed collection.

Waste Management

Residential customers: Residential customers who are not collected Thursday may put out twice the regular amount of garbage and yard waste on their next regularly scheduled collection day, at no additional charge. Recycle is collected every other week, so the missed recycle will be collected on their regular collection day in two weeks, at no additional charge.

Commercial customers (businesses and multi-family): Waste Management will collect from commercial locations as soon as conditions allow.

Additional information can be found at

Republic Services

Residential customers: Republic Services trucks that service the City of Auburn are powered by diesel fuel, so services will proceed as scheduled.

Commercial customers (businesses and multi-family): Republic Services will collect from commercial locations today.

Additional Information can be found at Republic Services’ website:

Tips for extra material storage and set out:

Extra garbage: Place next to garbage container in:

• Securely tied plastic bags labeled “Garbage” or

• 32-gallan can with handle and lid (65-pound limit) labeled “Garbage”

Extra recycling: Place next to recycling cart in:

• Plastic recycling bins or

• Cardboard boxes (2-by-2-by-2-foot limit) labeled “Recycling”

• No recycling in plastic bags

Extra yard trimmings (no food scraps or plastic): Place next to yard cart in:

• Heavy paper yard bags (available at hardware stores) or

• Reusable polywoven yard bags (available at hardware stores) or

• 32-gallon cans with handles and lids (65-pound limit) labeled “Yard” or

• Bundles tied with sisal twine (4-by-2-foot limit)

For more information, contact Auburn’s Utilities Department at 253-931-3038

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