Waste Management rates rise in Issaquah soon

June 21, 2011

By Staff

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. Find a complete listing of the updated rates at the hauler’s website, www.wmnorthwest.com/issaquah.

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 had to 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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