In a clean village with streets lined with beautiful trees and homes, it may have seemed out of the ordinary for Riverside to host an entire discussion on Aug. 19 around something as dirty as garbage.

About 20 residents and business owners attended the solid-waste services meeting hosted by Village Manager Peter Scalera in Riverside’s Township Hall auditorium. Before the Riverside Board of Trustees votes on a new refuse service contract in early October, the village wanted to give the public a chance to voice their opinions regarding Riverside’s refuse collection company and services. 

Presently, Riverside has a contract with Republic Services, which includes the pickup of garbage, recyclables and yard waste. Under the village’s contract, residential garbage pickup is on Tuesdays and trash is not to be placed by the curb before 5 p.m. on Mondays. 

All garbage and yard waste must be placed in containers no larger than 32 gallons and anything plainly left in plastic bags will not be picked up. Businesses have the option to select which days and how often they would like for garbage to be picked up.

One suggestion residents discussed included exploring the option for smaller garbage totes to be available as well as moving towards a volume-based garbage system in which residents who accumulate less garbage will be charged less for pickup. Another suggestion included providing residents and businesses with larger recycling containers. 

The Riverside Chamber of Commerce reported that businesses have had nothing but good things to say about waste services and Republic Services has helped keep Burlington Avenue clean. 

Riverside’s contract with Republic Services ends Nov. 30. Scalera said that while no waste service contract presentation date has been decided yet, proposals from various vendors will be provided in informational packets at an upcoming fall village board meeting. Those proposals will also be available on the village’s website. 

Residents or business owners with comments or suggestions regarding waste services can email the village at refuse@riverside.il.us. Those who have questions regarding current services are directed to contact Republic Services at 708-345-7050.