When property manager Rebecca Stum met with an account manager from the environmental waste management company CleanScapes a couple of years ago, she anticipated quickly reviewing the trash arrangements at her company's 35 properties. Stum didn't expect the CleanScapes account executive to go dumpster-diving.
“I was really surprised when the representative, who wore a cute skirt and heels, put on rubber gloves and sifted through our trash,” says Stum, who is with Allegra Properties located in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood. “We spent two hours touring our trash facilities as she pulled out recyclable items and explained that we could reduce trash removal costs if we educated tenants about recycling.”
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tags: no tagsIn The News | October 25, 2011
The next hauler for Issaquah garbage is CleanScapes.
In a unanimous decision Oct. 17, City Council members selected the Seattle-based garbage hauler to serve Issaquah neighborhoods other than Greenwood Point and South Cove. CleanScapes offered additional curbside recycling options, a local storefront, wildlife-resistant containers and other features to land the $3.8-million-per-year Issaquah contract.
Consumers could experience a rate decrease as the city transitions from the current hauler, Waste Management, to CleanScapes in early summer.
The rate could decrease from $13.43 to $12.74 for a residential customer putting a 32-gallon cart out for weekly curbside pickup — although a recent rate increase from the King County Council could dilute the proposed drop.
The contract runs from July 1 through June 2019.
“The public should realize that the staff of the city of Issaquah didn’t just put it out there and say, ‘Tell us what you can offer,’” Councilman Mark Mullet said. “They actually wrote the proposal saying, ‘This is what the city needs to have. These are the minimum, baseline service requirements that we’re going to ask for the citizens of Issaquah.’ Then, the different vendors were able to come back and say, ‘We’ll provide those at this price,’ and they could offer things on top of that.”
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tags: no tagsIn The News | October 13, 2011
Check out this piece on our Waste Reduction staff at their best!
Just like the Cascade View 4th graders she teaches, Elizabeth Cronin can also learn something new each day. During a class presentation from local waste company, Cleanscapes, Mrs. Cronin learned Starbucks coffee cups and lids can be recycled – as long as they are rinsed out first. She admitted what great information this was, because as the CVES Green Team Leader, she’d been told something different.
This week the Cascade View Green Team invited CleanScapes out to teach its 4th graders everything they ever wanted to know about garbage, recycling and composting. And these kids wanted to know it all. They got to sort garbage (stage props so clean garbage) and decide what bin it belonged in – compost, recycle or compost. They were then shown photos and taught what happens at recycling and composting plants – from start to finish. They learned about the big “L” word when it comes to garbage – landfill. They saw photos of garbage filled streets in an Italian village when their town landfill reached capacity. That one really grossed then out!
tags: no tagsIn The News | October 04, 2011
Seattle solid-waste management firm CleanScapes intends to merge with San Francisco-based Recology.
CleanScapes CEO Chris Martin told his staff of 280 employees Tuesday that his firm plans to merge with the employee-owned Recology if the deal is approved by the Federal Trade Commission.
The transaction, which is worth at least $66 million, would make CleanScapes a wholly owned subsidiary of Recology, but it would remain incorporated in Washington as CleanScapes, with the local management team fully intact.
The merger sets up CleanScapes to leverage the larger firm’s resources while continuing to expand its footprint and services even further, Martin said.
tags: no tagsIn The News | August 03, 2011
Here's a short article on our Student Waste Reduction Art Contest...
When it comes to reducing waste, children are the future. And, if the 56 colorful artworks now decorating the Northgate Library are any indication, they have plenty of ideas – from recycling juice boxes to reusing bottles.
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