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Special Presentation to Renton City Council on New Solid Waste Contracts

September 10, 2008

For more information contact:

Greg Zimmerman, Public Works Administrator, 425-430-7311
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

Monday, September 22, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

RENTON: The City of Renton will present a proposal for a new Solid Waste Contract to Renton City Council on Monday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 7th floor, Renton City Hall, 1055 South Grady Way, Renton.  This special presentation will provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the service provisions and proposed rates for the recommended new Solid Waste Contract. If approved the new contract will go into effect on January 1, 2009. The meeting will be also televised live on cable channel 21 in Renton and can be viewed on the citys website.

The citys existing solid waste contract will expire in 2009.  This is the first time since 2000 that a new collection contract is under consideration. The proposed new contract offers several enhancements and would be effective January 2009 - May 2016. From curbside collection, expanding the items that can be recycled, offering single-sort recycling (where all recyclables can go into one container instead of three bins), to providing food waste recycling, the new contract makes it easier for Renton residents and businesses to recycle. 

These proposed enhancements and changes to services were tested in a year-long pilot in two Renton neighborhoods.  Results of a survey of participants who took part in the pilot indicated a strong satisfaction with the expanded services and shift in collection methods.

The recommended improvements and changes for solid waste collection services include:

  • Garbage, recyclables, yard waste and food waste will all be collected curbside in wheeled-carts for residential customers, reducing litter in the neighborhoods.
  • All residential recyclables will now go into a single recycling cart rather than into three bins.
  • Collection for residential garbage and recyclables will move to every-other-week service (current collection is weekly).  Collection of yard waste will continue to be weekly.  Food waste may be placed in the yard waste carts for weekly collection.
  • Recycling more kinds of plastics including all plastic bottles, jugs, containers and tubs.
  • Expansion of the recycling program will include poly-coated cartons and boxes such as milk and juice cartons, and ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal
  • Expansion of the food waste collection will include all food scraps including meats, cheeses and dairy.
  • Monthly solid waste collection rates will be increased since this is the first new solid waste contract since the year 2000.
  • Less noise and pollution will be generated from collection trucks. All collection vehicles will run on compressed natural gas or biodiesel. 
  • The addition of commercial recycling services will provide more choice to local businesses and help increase the citys overall recycling rate.

City staff have made prior presentations to Renton City Councilmembers on the results of the pilot program along with options and recommendations for service and collection changes. The Renton City Council will consider adopting the proposed contract on September 22.

For more information on the proposed new solid waste contract services, please contact Linda Knight by email or phone 425-430-7397.