Options abound to recycle old Christmas trees

December 31, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Dec. 31, 2012

Christmas is history, and residents ready to pitch old Christmas trees can do so in different ways.

Chip trees — minus tinsel and other decorations — into landscaping material or ground finer into a composting soil amendment.

Customers tired of evergreens dropping brown needles can set out trees for yard waste collection on regular yard waste collection days.

Haulers do not collect trees decked in flocking or decorations. Contact garbage haulers for details; CleanScapes and Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — serve Issaquah.

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King County garbage disposal fee hike starts Jan. 1

December 21, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Dec. 21, 2012

Residents can expect to pay more for garage pick-up, and to dump garbage at transfer stations and drop boxes, after Jan. 1, as King County seeks to modernize the aging solid waste system.

The average residential customer putting out a single container of garbage for curbside collection per week is likely pay about 57 cents per month more as garbage haulers cover the disposal fees.

Haulers, such as CleanScapes and Allied Waste, pass along the rate increase to customers.

The fee for bringing solid waste to a transfer station or drop box is poised to increase from $117.42 to $129.40 per ton, including tax and a moderate risk waste fee. The minimum fee is due to increase from $20 to $22, including tax and the fee.

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Thanksgiving changes Issaquah garbage pick-up

November 20, 2012

Customers should not expect regular garbage service on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day.

The haulers serving Issaquah do not collect garbage and recycling on the holiday. Instead, if a customer’s collection day falls on Thanksgiving, service is delayed one day.

So, for example, because Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday, customers with garbage and recycling collection on Thursday receive Friday service the day after Thanksgiving, and Friday customers receive Saturday service after the holiday. The regular collection schedules resume Monday, Nov. 26.

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Customers could pay more for garbage pickup

October 16, 2012

The cost for garbage pickup in Issaquah and elsewhere in King County is expected to rise next year, after the King County Council approved a rate increase Sept. 24.

Under the updated rate structure, the cost for commercial vehicles, such as garbage trucks, to dump trash at county facilities is $120.17 per ton. The current rate, put in place in September 2011, is $109 per ton.

Haulers, such as CleanScapes and Allied Waste, pass along the rate increase to customers. So, the average customer putting out a single can for pickup can expect to pay about 65 cents more per month next year, although the exact increase depends on how haulers pass on the rate hike to consumers.

The rate is due to increase to $19.22 from $17.49 per load for residents hauling garbage to county transfer stations.

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King County increases garbage rate to fund system upgrades

September 27, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 27, 2012

The cost for garbage pickup in Issaquah and elsewhere in King County is expected to rise next year, after the King County Council approved a rate increase Monday.

Under the updated rate structure, the cost for commercial vehicles, such as garbage trucks, to dump trash at county facilities is $120.17 per ton. The current rate, put into place in September 2011, is $109 per ton.

Haulers, such as CleanScapes and Allied Waste, pass along the rate increase to customers. So, the average customer putting out a single can for pickup can expect to pay about 65 cents more per month next year, although the exact increase depends on how haulers pass on the rate hike to consumers.

The rate is due to increase to $19.22 from $17.49 per load for residents hauling garbage to county transfer stations.

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Trash strike causes confusion for Issaquah customers

August 7, 2012

Drivers for the garbage hauler in most Issaquah neighborhoods fielded questions in late July as a strike paralyzed another hauler and led to festering containers on street corners in many King County cities.

The strike did not affect either contract hauler operating in Issaquah, but drivers for CleanScapes received questions from customers along collection routes. Many customers assumed the drivers to be nonunion replacement drivers for Waste Management.

CleanScapes drivers, members of Teamsters Local 174, operate under a contract signed last year. The company operates under a single labor agreement with garbage, recycling and yard waste drivers.

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Strike does not affect Issaquah garbage service

July 31, 2012

Issaquah garbage service remained unaffected as Waste Management recycling and yard waste truck drivers went on strike July 25.

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 after Teamsters went on strike over wage and benefits issues.

In October, City Council members selected Seattle-based CleanScapes to haul Issaquah garbage from July 2012 until June 2019 — a $3.8-million-per-year contract.

Issaquah garbage service is unaffected by Waste Management strike

July 27, 2012

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.

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Expect regular trash pickup on Independence Day

July 3, 2012

Issaquah customers should expect regular garbage service on Independence Day.

The holiday falls just after most city customers switch from Waste Management to CleanScapes on July 2.

Customers can continue to use existing carts. CleanScapes plans to add stickers in July to describe what can be composted and recycled.

Though the collection day is changing for some customers, the billing cycle is not changing for anyone. Customers poised for a collection day change should have received a postcard with information about the switch.

Customers with questions can call CleanScapes at 837-1234 or go to www.cleanscapes.com to learn more.

The changeover from Waste Management to CleanScapes affects most Issaquah customers. Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish.

CleanScapes is also renovating a space in Gilman Village for a customer service center.

CleanScapes to offer bear-resistant trash containers to Issaquah customers

June 26, 2012

The next garbage hauler for most Issaquah residents, CleanScapes, rolled out a compressed-natural gas truck and wildlife-resistant containers in recent days, as the company prepares to start service in the city.

The contract between Seattle-based CleanScapes and the city starts July 1, though service in the city does not commence until July 2 because the previous day is a Sunday.

The changeover from Waste Management to CleanScapes affects most Issaquah customers. Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish.

In a June 13 ceremony, CleanScapes executives and city leaders celebrated the addition of a hydraulic launch assist, compressed natural-gas powered truck to the company fleet. Officials said CleanScapes is the first company in the Pacific Northwest to use the truck.

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