Issaquah garbage service is unaffected by Waste Management strike

July 27, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. July 27, 2012

Issaquah garbage service is unaffected as Waste Management recycling and yard waste truck drivers remained on strike.

Waste Management used to provide garbage and recycling service for most Issaquah customers, but the city switched to CleanScapes on July 1.

Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish. Allied Waste also handles garbage service in unincorporated King County communities, such as Klahanie, Mirrormont and Preston.

Services for customers in King and Snohomish counties stopped Wednesday after Teamsters went on strike against over wage and benefits issues.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and the mayors of Kirkland, Redmond, Renton and Seattle called on Waste Management and Teamsters Local 117 representatives to return to the bargaining table.

In October, City Council members selected Seattle-based CleanScapes to haul Issaquah garbage from July 2012 until June 2019.

CleanScapes offered more curbside recycling options, a Gilman Village storefront, wildlife-resistant containers and other features to land the $3.8-million-per-year contract. The company beat larger rivals Allied Waste and Waste Management for the contract.

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