Republic wants Sammamish’s trash contract

June 6, 2014

By Ari Cetron

New: June 6, 12:05 p.m.

Sammamish is divided in two in lots of ways, but one company made an early case to end one of those divides – trash services.
Republic Services, which currently provides trash services for the southern half of the city, came to the City Council May 20. Among other things, the trash and recycling hauler made the case for having a city-wide contract.
Jeff Borgida, of Republic Services, explained that while his company covers the southern half of the city, Waste Management covers the northern half. The contracts for both haulers is up in 2016.
The wrinkle in any contract extensions is the Klahanie area.
Republic provides services to Klahanie and can do so as long as the area is in unincorporated King County. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission manages that contract. Once Klahanie becomes part of Sammamish, Republic retains the right to serve the area for at least seven years.
Borgida explained this is because they will have made investments in equipment to serve the area, and state regulations allow companies to recoup those investments over time. Republic is also able to negotiate with the state to extend that term for up to an additional three years (10 total).
During that period, Borgida said, Republic would be the only company able to provide services to the entire city.
City Manager Ben Yazici was quick to point out that while Republic will be the only company with rights to serve the Klahanie area, services for the rest of the city could be put out for a competitive bid when the contracts are up, which is what is likely to happen.

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