Recycling, Organics, and Garbage Contract

Recology will become Mercer Island's new recycling/compost/garbage hauler starting on October 1, 2019.

  • Would you like a site visit to assess a private road or narrow driveway?
  • Do you have questions about rates, services, or containers?

Residents should contact Recology's phonebank directly at 206-381-6980 (Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm, and Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm). Or visit the new Recology MI website.

The new contract will bring brand new curbside containers, new collection vehicles, and some new practices to Mercer Island, which has been served by Republic Services (aka Allied Waste) for several decades. Over the summer, residents will receive more information in the mail and learn more about the new options that Recology offers.

Recology will become Mercer Island's new recycling/compost/garbage hauler starting on October 1, 2019.

  • Would you like a site visit to assess a private road or narrow driveway?
  • Do you have questions about rates, services, or containers?

Residents should contact Recology's phonebank directly at 206-381-6980 (Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm, and Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm). Or visit the new Recology MI website.

The new contract will bring brand new curbside containers, new collection vehicles, and some new practices to Mercer Island, which has been served by Republic Services (aka Allied Waste) for several decades. Over the summer, residents will receive more information in the mail and learn more about the new options that Recology offers.

  • An Update on Recology's Private Roads Waiver

    15 days ago
    Recology logo

    The City has been working closely with Recology to help clarify the language and reasoning behind a private roads waiver that was mailed to approximately 1900 residents several weeks ago in late June. Based on resident feedback received, Recology is refining the waiver and accompanying letter and will be sharing that information as early as the week of July 8.

    In the meantime, Recology continues to staff a phonebank just for Mercer Island and the City urges any customer with questions to call for more information or to discuss service needs. Recology is also eager to meet with residents...

    The City has been working closely with Recology to help clarify the language and reasoning behind a private roads waiver that was mailed to approximately 1900 residents several weeks ago in late June. Based on resident feedback received, Recology is refining the waiver and accompanying letter and will be sharing that information as early as the week of July 8.

    In the meantime, Recology continues to staff a phonebank just for Mercer Island and the City urges any customer with questions to call for more information or to discuss service needs. Recology is also eager to meet with residents onsite to discuss any access issues and the condition of private roads. Saturday appointments are available – please call them today at (206) 381-6980.

    In general, if a given address is being served today by a smaller Local Access Vehicle (LAV), it is *very likely* that Recology will choose to do the same, but route managers would like to gather additional information through discussion with affected customers.

    Many residents have asked how long a private roads waiver would be in effect – the answer: for the period during which the customer is serviced by Recology at the residence on the private road, but not longer than the duration of the main City contract with Recology, which is 10 years (October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2029).

    Others have wondered what protections exist for the customer: the main contract contains a number of provisions regarding negligence that are unaltered by the private roads waiver. Per the contract, Recology is responsible for protecting all public and private facilities, and is responsible for all other damage to property and person not covered by the waiver that is caused by its actions.

    The contract can be viewed here in the Document Library.

    The City will continue to convey residents’ concerns and looks forward to continued coordination on outreach messaging.

  • Recology Distributes Private Road Letter/Mailer

    29 days ago
    Private roads screenshot

    This week, Recology sent a letter to residents living on private roads, asking customers to certify that their road can support the weight of a heavy collection truck. Approximately 1900 Island households that use private roadways will be required to sign a Private Road Liability Waiver in order to allow drive-in access (see Document Library for copies of the Waiver and Private Roads Map). Note: Most houses that are served today by a smaller collection vehicle (due to narrow access, etc) will likely be served the same way by Recology.

    The City understands that this legal requirement is new...

    This week, Recology sent a letter to residents living on private roads, asking customers to certify that their road can support the weight of a heavy collection truck. Approximately 1900 Island households that use private roadways will be required to sign a Private Road Liability Waiver in order to allow drive-in access (see Document Library for copies of the Waiver and Private Roads Map). Note: Most houses that are served today by a smaller collection vehicle (due to narrow access, etc) will likely be served the same way by Recology.

    The City understands that this legal requirement is new to Mercer Island, but emphasizes that it is common in neighboring cities, and would have been required by any hauler under a new contract, even if the current contract with Republic Services had been renewed. Customers with questions should contact Recology directly at (206) 381-6980 to evaluate the feasibility of collection; there are other service options available if a signed waiver cannot be accomplished. Read a new FAQ on Private Road Waivers.


  • Recology Launches Mercer Island Website!

    about 2 months ago
    Recology postcard 21may2019

    During the week of May 20, all Island addresses were mailed a welcome postcard (see photo), alerting residents to the upcoming switch over to Recology as the Island's contracted hauler, starting Oct 1, 2019. The postcard also announced the launch of a custom website and phone number (206-381-6980). Other outreach materials will also be mailed or distributed in the coming months.

    During the week of May 20, all Island addresses were mailed a welcome postcard (see photo), alerting residents to the upcoming switch over to Recology as the Island's contracted hauler, starting Oct 1, 2019. The postcard also announced the launch of a custom website and phone number (206-381-6980). Other outreach materials will also be mailed or distributed in the coming months.

  • City Council Selects Recology as New Recycling/Compost/Garbage Hauler

    23 days ago
    In December 2018, the City Council approved a new 10-year solid waste collection contract with Recology. The company 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.

    The proposal process drew 4 applicants, and Recology was chosen based on its commitment to customer service, innovative outreach and education programs, and best rates, among other factors.

    Compared to the next best proposal (from current hauler Republic), on average, rates would increase for the typical residential customer by 8% beginning in October 2019 (and will remain at...

    In December 2018, the City Council approved a new 10-year solid waste collection contract with Recology. The company 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.

    The proposal process drew 4 applicants, and Recology was chosen based on its commitment to customer service, innovative outreach and education programs, and best rates, among other factors.

    Compared to the next best proposal (from current hauler Republic), on average, rates would increase for the typical residential customer by 8% beginning in October 2019 (and will remain at that level until January 2021).