Changes coming for some trash customers

July 6, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

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 next week.

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.

City Resource Conservation Coordinator Micah Bonkowski detailed the changes June 29 at a Committee-of-the-Whole Council meeting.

The city has also taken steps to reduce waste, he said. For instance, the Resource Conservation Office offers free food-recycling starter kits to customers interesting in reducing their amount of garbage.

The contract between the city and Allied Waste 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.

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

Get involved

  • To request a free food-recycling starter kit from the city Resource Conservation office, e-mail rco@ci.issaquah.wa.us.
  • Contact Allied Waste customer service at www.alliedwastenorthwest.com or 392-6651 to learn more about the planned garbage-pickup changes in South Cove and Greenwood Point.

Trash hauler touts ‘green’ credentials

Waste Management customers in Issaquah recycled or composted 9,325 tons of garbage last year, and cut carbon emissions by 3,505 tons — the equivalent of taking 2,354 passenger cars off of the road.

Spokeswoman Susan Robinson offered a report about the trash hauler to City Council members last week. Waste Management handles garbage collection in Issaquah outside the South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods.

“The more we recycle, the more we avoid having to cut down trees, mine bauxite, bring virgin resources out of the earth, and that’s really what causes the carbon emissions,” she said June 29 at a Committee-of-the-Whole Council meeting.

Robinson said the company has designed a less expensive bear-proof garbage container — a potential boon for Issaquah customers accustomed to bears rifling through trash cans.

Robinson said Waste Management has also invested in plasma technology to break down trash with almost no impact to the environment.

“We’re a really big company, but a lot of what we’re doing starts on the West Coast, and a lot in the Pacific Northwest,” she said.

Waste Management generated more money last year from selling recyclable materials and trash-generated energy than by hauling garbage, Robinson said. The statement earned praised from council members.

“What a concept that someday soon our trash will be paid for instead of paying for it to haul it away,” Councilwoman Eileen Barber said.

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