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City Selects New Trash, Recycling, and Compostables Hauler

Dec 11, 2018 - The City's contract for solid waste collection services with Republic Services (aka Rabanco/Allied Waste), is set to expire September 30, 2019. The City was unable to secure an extension and therefore launched a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process, which was designed to provide residents with the best possible outcome at the lowest possible cost.
At its June 5, 2018 meeting (see Agenda Bill 5438), Council discussed the competitive procurement process and timeline for soliciting a new contract for the following services:
  • Residential and commercial garbage collection
  • Recycling and compostables/yard waste collection
  • Processing and marketing of collected recycling and compostables.
The City received four competitive proposals from all the major companies in this regional market (Cedar Grove Services, Recology King County Inc., Republic Services, and Waste Management).
Following a months-long evaluation process and reference checks by a selection committee including members of the Utility Board, site visits, and rate evaluation by an independent consultant, Recology scored the highest in both the fee assessment and the qualitative sections of the RFP. 

After discussion over two meetings (December 4 and 11), the City Council endorsed a contract with Recology, which would start on October 1, 2019, with a term of ten years. Rates are expected to rise about 8% over the current contract, but this represents the smallest increase of the four proposals.

Early next year, the City will begin to outline details of the transition to a new vendor, to include extensive communication and public outreach components. 
Recology currently serves many of Mercer Island's neighbors, including: Bothell, Burien, Carnation, Des Moines, Issaquah, Maple Valley, SeaTac, Seattle, Shoreline, and also Seattle Public Schools. 
Learn more about Recology here. 



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