Trash hauler plans changes for South Cove and Greenwood Point residents

July 1, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 7 a.m. July 1, 2010

Trash pickup for about 900 customers in South Cove and Greenwood Point could improve soon.

On July 10, the trash collector for the area, Allied Waste, plans to deliver garbage and yard waste carts to customers without the carts. Customers should start using the new carts during the week of July 12.

The updated service agreement OK’d by the City Council in April calls for Allied Waste to provide free wheeled garbage carts for all residents in the neighborhoods, as well as free curbside electronics pick-up.

Customers can also recycle more items, including plastic cups, trays and bags; clean aluminum foil and trays; clean paper latte cups; textiles; lids three inches and larger in diameter; and small metal appliances, such as toasters.

Polystyrene — known by the brand name Styrofoam — cannot be put out for recycling.

Old cans, carts and containers can be recycled starting this week. Residents should put out old containers on collection day and place a large note indicating “recycle” on the container. Unmarked containers will not be picked up.

Allied Waste also plans to roll out low-emission trucks powered by natural gas in the coming months.

Contact Allied Waste customer service here or at 392-6651 to learn more about the planned changes.

For customers hoping to reduce their amount of garbage, the city Resource Conservation Office offers free kitchen food recycling starter kits. Request a kit or e-mail the office at rco@ci.issaquah.wa.us.

The contract between the city and the trash hauler took effect May 1, and runs through February 2016. Rates increased by a few cents — and less than $1 in many cases — as part of the updated agreement.

Allied Waste provides trash service in South Cove and Greenwood Point; Waste Management handles garbage pick-up in the rest of the city.

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

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