Residents to hear more on garbage hauler change as switch draws near

Recology will replace Republic Services.

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Starting in October, Recology will be the new service hauling away trash, recycling and compostables for Mercer Island residents. As the change draws near, the city will begin to outline details.

Republic Services is the current solid waste collector. The company’s contract is expected to expire on Sept. 30, according to the City of Mercer Island. The city launched a competitive request for proposals process and four proposals were submitted.

After a months-long evaluation process, Recology was the company that scored highest in both fee assessment and qualitative sections of the request for proposals process.

The city council later endorsed a 10-year contract with Recology, after discussion was held over two meetings in 2018 on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. The collection cost/rate will rise about 8 percent more than the city’s current contract with Republic, but the rate was the smallest increase among the four proposals submitted, the city has said.

Recology is the current service provider for the other Eastside locations of Bothell and Issaquah.

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