• Recology Extends Holiday Tree Collections (1/12/2022)

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    Given the challenges presented by the recent snowstorm, Recology is extending its free curbside collection of your holiday tree by a few weeks. Just set out your tree alongside your food/yard waste cart before the end of January 2022 on your regular service day. The trees are chipped or composted and turned into topsoil used across the region.

    Please remove all decorations and stands, and cut trees into segments of four feet or shorter. Remember that flocked trees cannot be accepted due to contamination, but can be disposed of as garbage for an additional fee. To reach Recology's customer service, please call 206-381-6980; there will be no collections on Monday, January 17, due to the Martin Luther King Day Holiday. Happy Recycling!

  • Increased Landslide Risk due to Excessive Rainfall and Snowmelt (1/6/2022)

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    The National Weather Service (NWS) has predicted an excessive rainfall event Thursday through Friday with rain totals topping between 1.5--3 inches.

    Heavy rain combined with recent snowmelt increases the threat of landslides.

    To report a non-life-threatening landslide, call our regional, non-emergency dispatch center (425) 577-5656, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the case of an emergency always call 9-1-1.

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    Intense rainfall, runoff, or rapid snowmelt can change the earth into a flowing river of mud. The earth can move rapidly, sometimes with little or no warning. Mercer Island sees about 5-15 slides each year.

    Recognize the warning signs of a landslide:

    • Tilting trees on slopes
    • Cracks in soil, driveways, and sidewalks
    • Sunken or broken road beds
    • Sagging or taut utility lines
    • Leaking or broken water pipes

    Follow this link for additional information about landslides.

    Take time today to make sure your family's emergency plans and kits are up-to-date.

  • December 25-January 4 Snowstorm Final Update

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    Snow began falling December 25, dropping 4-6 inches throughout the region and staying on the ground as both snow and ice through January 4.

    The City's Public Works crews were ready for the snow - ensuring supplies were fully stocked, plows and trucks were ready to go, and pretreating roads ahead of the first flakes on December 25.

    Crews continued to treat and monitor the Island’s public roadways through the first icy days of January.

    Road Conditions and Treatment

    The snow events, followed by prolonged low temperatures, caused ice to bond with the roadway in many places. Crews used both rubber and metal edge plows on these compacted ice areas.

    Liquid deicer was used to pre-treat roads prior to the two significant snowfall events as well as provide spot treatments for icy areas throughout the first few days of January.

    In addition to treating and clearing roads of snow and ice for eleven days straight, the Public Works team:

    • Managed 11 road closures
    • Responded to fallen trees on roadways
    • Completed a water main repair
    • Conducted stormwater pipe clearing
    • Responded to freezing issues at the City’s reservoir tanks

    Supplies

    Staff made sure that sand, road salt, and liquid deicer were stocked at full storage capacity in advance of the storm system. Throughout the week of December 27, the team dedicated one City dump truck and staff member to haul salt from the Seattle shipyard to ensure that supplies were stocked.

    Throughout the snowstorm, crews used 75 cubic yards of salt, 30 cubic yards of sand, and 2,200 gallons of liquid deicer to treat City streets! Click here for a map of plowed roads.

    Despite lower staffing due to holiday schedules, the Public Works on-duty team worked long hours to ensure roads were plowed and treated regularly. Our thanks to the Public Works team and first responders who worked around the clock to keep Mercer Island streets safe!

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    Recology Service Delays

    Due to inclement weather, Recology canceled service region-wide the week of December 27, resuming regular service the week of January 3.

    The City arranged for a temporary drop-off site at Homestead Park, Tuesday (1/4) through Thursday (1/6) for affected customers. Affected customers are also permitted to put out the equivalent of their missed services due to canceled collections from inclement weather. Extra garbage should be placed in plastic bags and set next to your garbage cart.

  • Recology Service January 3 & Temporary Drop-Off Site Open January 4-6

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    Service Update

    After attempting to resume normal collection service, Recology canceled residential service Monday, January 3. Visit the Recology website for the most up-to-date information.

    When service is resumed, customers are permitted to place out the equivalent of their missed services due to canceled collections from inclement weather. Extra garbage should be placed in plastic bags and set next to your garbage cart.


    Temporary Drop-Off Site at Homestead Park

    In addition to normal service, the City has partnered with Recology to open a temporary drop-off collection site beginning tomorrow, January 4, for residential customers impacted by service delays due to inclement weather.

    To serve as many residents as possible, individual drop-offs will be limited to delayed service accumulations.

    Drop-Off Collection Location:

    Homestead Park
    8100 SE 40th St.
    Mercer Island, WA 98040

    Hours of Operation (subject to change due to weather conditions*):

    • Tuesday, January 4th from 8 AM – 4 PM
    • Wednesday, January 5th from 8 AM – 4 PM
    • Thursday, January 6th from 8 AM – 4 PM

    *These are the most up-to-date hours – please check the Recology website to confirm hours prior to visiting the site.

    Important Information and COVID safety requirements:

    • Drop off is only available on the days and hours of operation.
    • Waste must be dropped at the specified marked drop-off locations for garbage and recycling.
    • Contactless drop-offs are required for the safety of the community and staff on site.
    • Masks are required while on-site and during drop-off.

    Accepted Items:

    • Garbage – Please Bag all Garbage
    • Recyclables – Contain recycling in a cardboard box, paper bag, or clear plastic bag. Accepted recyclables are hard plastics, cardboard, metal, glass, and paper. Packaging and polystyrene foam, shiny wrapping paper, and film plastic should be placed in the garbage.

    Items Not Accepted:

    • Food and Yard Waste (i.e., holiday trees)
    • Bulky Items (i.e., furniture and appliances)
    • Hazardous Waste (i.e., oils and solvents)
    • Special Wastes (i.e., batteries and light bulbs)

    Visit the Recology Mercer Island website for the latest information.

    Updated January 3 at 3:45pm

  • Recology Service Canceled for December 31

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    Due to ongoing inclement weather, Recology is canceling all single-family residential and most commercial and multifamily collection service for Friday, December 31.

    All customers who missed collection this week will be permitted to put out double the usual amount on their next regularly scheduled collection day at no charge. Recology is making plans for alternate options and will provide updates on service resumptions on their website.

    Click here for tips on how to store and reduce excess material.

  • December 30 Snowstorm Update

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    City crews worked overnight, applying deicer in advance of the new system and plowing arterials as snow began to fall.

    Crews are working to keep Priority 1 roads clear of compact snow and ice. All standard road closures are in place at this time.

    If you need to get out on the road, remember to drive slowly, leave plenty of space, respect closed routes and hills, and watch for ice.

  • Recology Service Canceled for December 30

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    Due to ongoing inclement weather, Recology is canceling all single-family residential and most commercial and multifamily collection service for Thursday December 30.

    Recology is making plans for alternate options and will provide updates on service resumptions on their website.

    Click here for tips on how to store and reduce excess material.

  • December 29 Update on Road Plowing

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    City crews have been working around the clock to clear roads of snow and ice. You can view the most recent status of Island roadways on the latest snow clearing map.

    Experts are predicting another chance for snow overnight and into tomorrow with accumulations anywhere between 1-3 inches. City crews are ready and will continue to work to keep City roads clear.

    If you must travel tomorrow do drive slowly, leave plenty of space, and respect all closed routes and hills. Stay safe around snow plows by following these tips and learn the steps you should take to be winter driving ready.

  • Recology Service Canceled for December 29

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    Due to inclement weather, Recology King County has canceled collection services for Wednesday, December 29 for all residential and most commercial customers.

    Customers who missed collection this week will be permitted to put out double the usual amount next week at no additional charge.

    Recology also offers the following tips on how to store and reduce excess material:

    Garbage

    • Double bag extras to place next to your garbage bin on the next service day
    • Store material in a dry location if possible
    • Place extras in personal carts for use on service day
    • Properly sort garbage and ensure food waste and paper towels are in your compost/yard waste bin

    Recycling

    • Place extra recyclables in cardboard boxes and paper bags to be put out next to your recycling bin on service day
    • Store recyclables in a dry location until service resumes
    • Crush cans and break down boxes to decrease volume
    • Tie cardboard boxes together with twine or rope

    Compost

    • Freeze excess food waste to reduce smell until serviced
    • Store compost in a dry location if possible
    • Pack yard waste into paper bags or wrap with twine and place it next to your compost/yard waste bin

    Visit the Recology website for more information.

  • December 28 Snowstorm Afternoon Update

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    Roads are now open with the exception of a few blocks at SE 44th near ICW and SE 40th and West Mercer Way.

    Crews will continue to monitor roads overnight as frigid conditions continue.

    If you need to get out on the road, remember to drive slowly, leave plenty of space, respect closed routes and hills, and watch for ice.

    Updated at 5:03pm.