Where can I learn more about the Private Roads Waiver?

A new FAQ on the Private Roads Waiver can be found in the Document Library

Why didn’t the City renew with the current hauler Republic?

The City asked for a contract extension, but Republic declined due to uncertainty in the recycling markets. Republic was not willing to renew the existing contract without a major rate increase, so the City launched a competitive RFP process to locate the best proposal with the most competitive rates.


How did Republic’s proposed rates compare to Recology’s?

For weekly service of a 32/35-gallon garbage cart, Republic’s best final offer was $32.39/month (a rate increase of 17.5%). This proposal did not include new trucks or any new collection carts.

Recology’s rate for weekly service of a 32/35-gallon garbage cart is $29.78/month. Recology’s rate package included new collection trucks and new collection carts. This is an increase of 8% over current Republic rates. Both rates include recycling and one 96-gallon compost cart.


I’ve heard rates were only supposed to rise 8% on average?

Yes, under the Recology contract, the increase for an average residential customer using a 32- or 35-gallon cart (the most common size) is expected to be about 8% over current rates.


Why will only one compost cart be free?

The new Recology contract switches compost collection to weekly service from every-other-week. Therefore, it’s likely that many residents will need fewer carts. Even Republic would not have continued the three free carts that residents have today. Occasional extra yard waste can also be placed in 32-gallon paper bags that will be collected for $3.11 each.


Where are all the new Recology rates posted?

Recology has produced a special page for the Mercer Island contract: all the rates can be found there.

See: www.recology.com/recology-cleanscapes/mercer-island/your-three-carts/

Where is the full FAQ document?

A full two pages of FAQ (31 May 2019) can be found in the Document Library