MI Weekly

    A weekly update from the City of Mercer Island

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Debbie Bertlin

Volunteer Opportunities 

City Hall Address
9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040


Monday - Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm

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The Mercer Island Food Pantry relies on your non-perishable food donations to keep the shelves stocked year-round.
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Oct 30, 2019 | Vol. 14 | No. 44
RecologyRecology Service Update
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Following a major push at the end of last week, up to 20 Recology field staff were able to collect the final 3,000 remaining carts left behind by Republic at the end of its contract. Recology will now be focusing on delivering normal weekly service.

Any customers with cart sizing or service questions should continue to call Recology's Mercer Island hotline (206-381-6980) or email mercerisland@recology.com, staffed seven days a week.

During the second week in November, residents will begin receiving their first Recology billing statement; many customers will see a credit on their account for extra cans they did not use during October, or for downsizing their level of service. All statements will also include an "Understanding Your Invoice" flyer.

And a reminder that compost is now collected weekly, but extra volumes (e.g. such as raked leaves) can be set out in large paper bags, or in a spare can (please label), for a small fee. Learn more from Recology's Mercer Island website.
Mercer Island Goes Green
RecyclingFall Recycling Event Statistics
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options on Mercer Island
The City's annual fall recycling collection event on October 12 was once again a great success, with impressive results. 

The City's contractor reported 409 vehicles arrived, carrying a total of 49,976 pounds of discarded material, which averages to 122 pounds each, significantly higher than other previous events.  The event also provided a collection opportunity for Mercer Island Youth and Family Services: attendees donated an incredible 75 bags of grocery items for the  City's Food Pantry, and approximately $1,602 in cash. 

Some highlights this year included:
  • 21,560 pounds of appliances, scrap metal, and electronics
  • 7,380 pounds of reusable household goods
  • 7,470 household batteries
  • 91 used tires
  • 9,140 pounds of confidential paper shredded onsite
  • 4,791 pounds of cardboard
  • 20 cubic yards of Styrofoam
  • 14 propane tanks
  • 13 mattresses
The City thanks residents for their participation in protecting the environment, recycling as much as possible, and supporting the Food Pantry.  Learn more about curbside recycling and other options for special items at this  City webpage 
RakingGreat Weather for Raking Leaves
Help us prevent clogged stormdrains! - Click to report a problem
With clear and dry weather expected for the rest of this week and weekend, it's a great time to rake more leaves. And a reminder that compost/yardwaste is now collected every week by Recology for all residential accounts. If you have extra amounts, these can be set out in large paper bags, or in a spare can (please label), for a small fee.

You can help the City by clearing out your street's gutter and stormdrains with a rake when it's safe to do so. This can prevent minor local flooding of streets in your neighborhood when the rains resume in November.

To report a clogged draingrate, use the City's MI-Connect service request app, or visit our online portal.  

To report more urgent flooding, please call the City's Public Works Department at (206) 275-7608.
FranceSister City Student Visit
Visiting student reception; click to learn more
The City, the School District Board, and the MI Sister City Association were pleased to host a reception last week for visiting exchange students at City Hall. 

Twenty six students from Thonon-Les-Bains, France, are here for ten days staying with their host families across the Island, and visiting many local landmarks. They will also attend classes at MIHS with their American host students. Learn more at the sister city website.

Thonon-les-Bains, population 32,000, is located on the south shore of Lake Geneva in the Haute-Savoie region of France, 30 miles from the Geneva airport and 350 miles from Paris. 


For questions and comments on the MI Weekly, contact
Sustainability & Communications Manager Ross Freeman at

ross.freeman@mercergov.org or 206.275.7662.