City Council OKs trash pickup contract

April 27, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Greenwood Point and South Cove residents will soon pay a few cents more — less than $1 in most cases — for trash-collection service.

City Council members OK’d a contract with garbage hauler Allied Waste last week. The deal allows for reductions in garbage-cart rental fees, additional options for yard-waste service, curbside electronics recycling and universal garbage carts, or standardized carts meant to make trash pickup more efficient.

“This is a pretty good deal to get the contract renewed with Allied Waste, and I think for the residents in the area that this is going to affect, it’s definitely a good bargain,” Councilman Joshua Schaer said April 19, before the unanimous decision.

The contract takes effect May 1, and runs through February 2016.

The city contracts with private haulers to handle trash pickup. Waste Management serves most Issaquah customers. Allied Waste collects garbage in the Greenwood Point and South Cove neighborhoods in the southwestern corner of the city.

Councilman Mark Mullet praised the Allied Waste contract. He serves as chairman of the Council Utilities, Technology & Environment Committee. Members reviewed the contract April 13, and recommended the pact to the full council.

“We felt like the additional service options that these customers are receiving definitely outweigh the increase in costs,” Mullet said.

The council also approved a separate measure to notify the state Utilities and Transportation Commission about the contract decision. The three-member commission regulates solid waste-collection companies, as well as telephone companies, and electric and natural gas utilities.

Allied Waste remained unaffected by the brief garbage strike against Waste Management last week. Allied Waste executives reached a labor deal in early April with workers represented by Teamsters Local 174.

Allied Waste also serves Klahanie and Mirrormont, but county officials handle contracts with the trash hauler in unincorporated King County.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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