CleanScapes is leading candidate to haul Issaquah trash

September 15, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 15, 2011

The leading candidate to haul Issaquah garbage, recyclables and compostables from the curb next summer is Seattle-based CleanScapes.

The city formed a review panel to study proposals from CleanScapes and other haulers. The panel then selected CleanScapes to proceed to the next step, contract negotiations.

Council Utilities, Technology & Environment Committee members heard a briefing about the process Tuesday. The final contract is expected to go before to the complete City Council for consideration in October.

CleanScapes serves customers in Seattle, Shoreline, San Francisco and Portland, Ore. The company started operations in Seattle’s Pioneer Square 14 years ago.

The city is seeking a hauler to serve Issaquah neighborhoods other than Greenwood Point and South Cove. Waste Management is the predominant hauler in the city, but the current contract between Issaquah and the Houston-based company expires in June 2012.

The conservation office accepted bids earlier in the year. CleanScapes, Waste Management and Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — submitted applications.

(Allied Waste hauls garbage in Greenwood Point and South Cove under a separate contract.)

Regardless of the company selected for the job, residential customers can expect to pay more for garbage pickup next year. On Monday, King County Council members increased rates by about 80 cents per month for the typical residential customer. The increase is due to start in January.

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