Private Road Liability Waiver

Effective October 1, 2019 Recology will be Mercer Island’s new recycling, compost and garbage hauler.

Due to the prevalence of private roads on Mercer Island, Recology requested a Road Damage Waiver from all private road residents. This was sent in response to a contract provision, applicable to all contractors that submitted proposals for the City of Mercer Island – including the current hauler. Feedback was received from the community that expressed concerns. Recology recognizes that a modified approach would better serve the residents of Mercer Island, while achieving our goal of safely accessing private roads.

Recology is addressing concerns in the following ways:

      • Recology is working closely with the City of Mercer Island to modify the waiver language.
      • All signed waivers we have received to date will be returned, with an explanation of the new process.
      • Recology is in the process of evaluating private road conditions on a case-by-case basis and will only ask residents to sign the revised Road Damage Waiver where there is a clear, identifiable risk of damage to a private road based on site assessments currently underway. Only those residents proactively contacted by Recology will require a waiver. If you are not contacted by September 1, no waiver will be required.
      • As stipulated in its contract, Recology will use a range of collection vehicle sizes in order to safely access the wide variety of private roads on Mercer Island.

Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this matter. We look forward to serving your community this October.

If you have any questions about this matter, please contact our Customer Service team:

Phone: 206.381.6980