New contract for CleanScapes approved at Monday night’s council session

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At Monday night’s City Council meeting, lawmakers voted to approve a seven-year contract with CleanScapes, and the new service is slated to begin June 1, 2014.

The new contract – championed by councilmember Jack Block Jr. – will bring the city an additional $426,000 in additional revenue through an increase in the franchise fee from $216,000 to $684,000. Customers’ bills will be lower under this new contract, so the amount of tax collected by the City will be less – by about $42,000 per year.

Under the new deal, Burien residents and businesses will see lower rates on their monthly bills, as well as expanded services like a seven day per week call center and more curbside collection options like plastics, motor oil, bottled kitchen fat/oil/grease, scrap metal, household batteries, fluorescent tubes, and bulky items.

CleanScapes will also use trucks that are lighter and will lead to less wear and tear on city streets.

“We are excited to be partnering with CleanScapes to be the City of Burien’s next garbage and recycling hauler,” Burien Mayor Brian Bennett said. “The new contract provides cost-savings to residents and businesses at a time when everyone could use more money. We are also pleased to see expanded service options for our City in this contract.”

Additionally, CleanScapes will be adding a retail store and customer service center in Burien modeled after their unique recycling-focused retail store in Issaquah.

CleanScapes will begin working with the City on a transition plan that will include extensive outreach to the community. CleanScapes will be visiting with multifamily and commercial customers in Burien to ensure they are aware of the new services being offered. Residents will receive multiple pieces of information from CleanScapes outlining their new service options and lower rates in the coming months.

CleanScapes is the trusted partner for communities seeking to enhance residential and commercial vitality by providing innovative streetscape maintenance, recycling and solid waste services. CleanScapes was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1997, and currently provides sustainable solid waste and recycling collection to the communities of Seattle, Shoreline, Issaquah, Des Moines and Carnation. Beginning June 1, 2014 CleanScapes will also serve the City of Burien.

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