CleanScapes president Chris Martin returned to his Georgetown office from a bike ride this morning to get the news: the city of Seattle has chosen his small, scrappy street-cleaning and garbage collection firm to negotiate a hauling contract. It's a huge win for CleanScapes, which has never before serviced a municipal contract before, though the city of Shoreline also just picked the company to service that northern burg. CleanScapes' win in Seattle edges out Allied Waste Industries, the country's second largest garbage hauler, which currently services the city along with number one hauler Waste Management. According to an e-mail from Seattle Public Utilities to CleanScapes, the city will negotiate with both CleanScapes and Waste Management for different sectors of the city. SPU picked CleanScapes for the largest area of the city, from the Ship Canal to Yesler Way, and the Puget Sound waterfront to Lake Washington, encompassing all of downtown, South Lake Union, Queen Anne and the Central Area. The city chose Waste Management for two other sectors, and is throwing the last sector up for competition between both players. "We're pretty psyched," says Martin of the approximately $20 million-a-year contract that begins April 1, 2009. He's holding a party this afternoon at the Collins Pub. As to whether the anti-garbage garbage man will get to implement some of his favorite ideas--like mandatory dumpster-free alleys and photos of recycling scofflaws--he says that's yet to be decided by the city.