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There will be no trash or recycling pick up for residential customers again in King or Snohomish counties on Monday, said Waste Management, as the sixth day of the strike by union drivers drags on.

Recycling workers continue to picket, and garbage haulers are supporting them.

A charter bus of replacement workers were bussed in Monday morning, briefly stopped by picketing drivers. Those substitute workers will haul away trash at some locations, focusing mostly on businesses and restaurants.

At Red Mill, a busy burger place in Seattle'sPhinney Ridge neighborhood, garbage is piling up. Behind the restaurant, dumpsters are overflowing. It should have been picked up on Thursday.

We want to get this taken care of, get the strike over, and get back to regular pick up, said owner Michael Shepherd. This has to be taken care of, it is out of control. It's a hazard. It's nasty.

Waste Management and Teamsters Union 117, the union representing recycling drivers, are at a stalemate over returning to work. The union says it won't stop picketing until the company resumes talks. The company says it will resume talks when the picket lines come down.

Veteran recycling truck driver Andy Young was on the picket line Sunday night.

We just want to be treated equal along with yard waste and garbage haulers, said Young. We are one big team here, so why not play as one big team.

The City of Seattle has notified Waste Management that it could face fees and fines totaling $1.25 million per day if collection services do not resume by this Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Striking workers are at odds with their employer, Waste Management, over a new six-year contract.

Waste Management stated through a press release, that it stands by what it is offering drivers for compensation. The company expressed that it wants regular service restored as soon as possible. In the meantime, substitute drivers will continue to be brought in.

Renton will receive residential garbage collection service due to the city's unique every other week (EOW) collection frequency, the company said.

What customers need to know

Get the complete garbage and recycling pick-up schedule on the Waste Management website or call the customer service center at 1-800-592-9995.

About 220,000 customers are affected by the strike.

The striking recycle drivers are with Teamsters Local 117, fighting for better salary and benefits in a contract negotiation that has dragged on for months.

They would like Waste Management to raise their salaries to meet the pay of garbage drivers. With overtime, recycle drivers make about $58,000 a year. If requests are met, they could make as much as $98,000 a year with overtime.

Allied Waste customers and the King County Transfer Stations are not affected by the strike.

Negotiation updates are also posted on the Teamsters Local 117 website, www.seattletrashwatch.org.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Committee has said they will continue providing service to only critical facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes and restaurants, without interruption.

KING 5's Natalie Swaby, the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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