Recology Distributes Private Road Letter/Mailer
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.