Despite some discussion about limiting trash pick-up in Riverside to once a week, a four-year extension of the current garbage contract approved by village trustees on Sept. 19 assures that twice-weekly trash collection will continue.

Trustees voted unanimously to extend the contract with Allied Waste Services of North America, which acquired BFI, the village’s waste hauler, back in 1999. Allied was the only company to respond to a village invitation earlier this year asking for waste companies to present information on service options.

According to the contract extension, Allied will hold its trash collection rate for the 2006 contract year. Until November 30, 2006 curbside trash collection for single-family homes will cost $7.68 per month, while back door collection will cost $15.39 per month. After that trash collection rates will rise based upon the Consumer Price Index, but not to exceed a 4 percent increase in any year.

In addition to maintaining twice-weekly trash pickup on Tuesdays and Fridays, Allied will continue its weekly recycling and yard waste pickups and will provide an additional recycling bin to residents. Allied will raise the monthly rental fee for mobile carts from $1 to $1.50, and the village has also requested that Allied provide an electronic payment option for residents.

Although Allied will be holding the line on collection prices in 2006, residents can expect to see a slight increase in their garbage bills due to an increase in the regional disposal rate. The disposal rate for single-family properties will be increased 4 percent from $4.23 per month to $4.40 per month.

Figuring in the costs for trash collection, recycling, yard waste and trash disposal, single-family property owners can expect their overall bills to rise to $19.93 for curbside pickup and $27.64 for back door pickup.

Rates for multifamily buildings vary depending on the number of and size of trash receptacles.

?”Bob Uphues