Waste Management rates rise in Issaquah soon

June 16, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. June 16, 2011

Waste Management customers in Issaquah start paying a few cents more for garbage service July 1.

The adjustment reflects changes to the Consumer Price Index, plus a hike in the state business-and-occupation tax. The increase applies only to Issaquah customers.

The garbage hauler sent notices to Issaquah residences and businesses about the change. For a residential customer using a 35-gallon container — the most popular size in the city — the monthly rate for weekly pickup is due to increase from $13.20 to $13.43. Expect similar hikes for other residential and commercial services.

The city Resource Conservation Office is encouraging customers to consider composting and recycling as methods to reduce garbage bills. Interested people should email the office at rco@ci.issaquah.wa.us.

In the meantime, the city is accepting bids for a hauler to serve Issaquah neighborhoods other than Greenwood Point and South Cove. Interested companies must submit proposals by June 20.

Waste Management is the predominant hauler in the city, but the current contract between Issaquah and the Houston-based company expires in June 2012. Allied Waste handles the South Cove area under a separate contract. The arrangement is a holdover from when the city annexed the area in 2006.

The next garbage contract is due to run from July 2012 until June 2019.

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One Response to “Waste Management rates rise in Issaquah soon”

  1. DL Novak on June 16th, 2011 7:13 am

    No surprise rates are increasing. Every week, between Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, no fewer that a dozen Waste Management trucks roar past my house.
    I only have three containers for pick up, as most do.
    Wondering why all the extra trucks in my neighborhood?
    If Waste Management needs to dispatch a dozen trucks to one neighborhood to pick up garbage, no wonder they need to raise rates – they need to review the phrase – Waste Management – and quit wasting resources.
    Fewer trips through a neighborhood would; lower operating cost, reduce wear on our road ways, and eliminate the need for an unnecessary price increase.
    I suggest these issues be reviewed proir to the contract renewal.
    DL Novak

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