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Posted on: June 3, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Update: Solid Waste and Collection Contract

The City of Issaquah is in the final stages of completing a new contract for Solid Waste Collection.

The City’s current contract with Cleanscapes/Recology started July 1, 2012, for a seven-year initial term with an option for two, two-year extensions, both of which have been exercised by the City. The contract ends June 30, 2023. 

At the June 6 City Council meeting, authorization is requested to approve a ten-year Solid Waste Collection contract with Recology King County, Inc. for service from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2034.


The City distributed the draft request for proposals (RFP) in October 2021 to all known vendors who have responded to past collection RFPs in King County. Feedback was obtained in early Nov. 2021. The RFP was finalized based on the received comments and then issued in late Nov. 2021. Three companies submitted proposals on Feb. 11, 2022 – Recology, Republic Services and Waste Management. A cross-departmental group of City staff was convened to evaluate the proposals. 

The evaluation process included qualitive (40 points) and quantitative (60 points) components. The qualitive components included RFP document review, virtual interviews, field visits and reference checks. The quantitative component was based solely on the base rate proposal. 

The City launched a two-week customer survey on Mar. 10, 2022, to obtain input on alternatives to potentially include in the final contract. Over 900 customers responded to the survey over the two-week period. 

Next Steps

If City Council approves the authorization, the new contract will begin on July 1, 2023. The associated rates will go into effect on this date. Customers will be notified of the rate increase in advance via the mail. 

Learn more by reviewing the City Council packet

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