Recycling, Organics, and Garbage Contract

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 competitive rates, among other factors. On average, rates will increase for the typical residential customer by 8% beginning in October 2019 (and will remain at that level until January 2021).

This new contract, which starts October 1, 2019, 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 many years.

Over the coming weeks, residents will begin to receive mailers and learn more about the new options that Recology will offer Mercer Island for curbside trash, recycling, and food waste/organics/compostables collection.

Residents may also contact Recology directly with service questions at the dedicated Mercer Island hotline: 206-381-6980 (Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm, and Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm). Or visit the Recology website.

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 competitive rates, among other factors. On average, rates will increase for the typical residential customer by 8% beginning in October 2019 (and will remain at that level until January 2021).

This new contract, which starts October 1, 2019, 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 many years.

Over the coming weeks, residents will begin to receive mailers and learn more about the new options that Recology will offer Mercer Island for curbside trash, recycling, and food waste/organics/compostables collection.

Residents may also contact Recology directly with service questions at the dedicated Mercer Island hotline: 206-381-6980 (Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm, and Sat-Sun: 8am-5pm). Or visit the Recology website.

  • Recology Distributes Private Road Letter/Mailer

    about 11 hours 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).

    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...

    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).

    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!

    22 days 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.