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City begins planning for fall clean up day

Sep 27, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The event would last from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 19, and dumpsters would be stationed at three locations throughout Riverton.

Riverton city staff received enough direction, after the council's work session Sept. 10, to confirm that a fall clean up day will take place from 8 a.m to noon Oct. 19.

Three locations will be spread out throughout the city and will be equipped with two dumpsters each.

On Oct. 18, staff at Riverton City Hall will accept unwanted items for a treasure swap meet event. People can drop off items they don't want and others can take it away at no cost.

"It's a way to keep things out of the waste stream," said city administrator Steven Weaver. "People can come by, drop off or pick up items and don't have to pay for it, and there will be no booths."

In the past, the city has allowed residents to throw their unwanted belongings in trash bins in the alley, and the city would spend the following weeks retrieving it. Weaver said this caused problems because the city would be left with many items they couldn't dispose.

Weaver provided the council and mayor with a draft flier Sept. 10 that said the disposal service would be free to people who could verify with a utility bill that they reside in Riverton. Accepted items would include mattresses and furniture but not electronics, paint or chemicals.

The sites would be at Riverton City Hall at 816 N. Federal Blvd., the City Shop at 714 W. Monroe Ave. and the VFW at 1409 W. Main St. A city employee would be present at each location to monitor the material being dumped.

The city would incur the costs of tipping fees at the landfill and pay the overtime to city employees. Weaver added it already has been determined that there's enough money to cover the cost.

Discussion

Weaver discussed other alternatives and asked what the council members would prefer: having more or fewer dumpsters, having a weight or dollar amount limit, or having different locations.

Council member Richard Gard asked city staff to notify the council members of an estimated price with the average weight a dumpster can collect. He also suggested contacting the county commissioners to set up a discount for one day.

Council member Lars Baker suggested residents should haul their items to the baling station during the fall clean up day, and the city will pay for the tipping fee on that day only. In that case, the city would not have to place dumpsters at the three locations.

"There's a lot of stuff people want to get rid of, but they won't take it through the right channels," Baker said, referring to his experiences with the disposal of household waste items like pesticides and paint.

He said the advertising should emphasize that the service will be free. The ad also should provide a list of what will be accepted. Weaver said the city also would have to remind residents of the alternate places where they can take specific items.

"There's other businesses in town that will accept metal-type things at no cost," Weaver said. "Some of it is just getting education out to the public. Some of them don't know that."

Recycling

Another item on the agenda Sept. 10 also tied into trash disposal.

City utility division manager Dawn Willhelm proposed having a bag and tag system that could be customized and would expand the curbside recycling program. The tags would be purchased at Riverton City Hall for a specific item or weight and no additional container would be required. The bags would be required for yard waste only, which would help eliminate plastic bags at the yard waste facility.

The implementation of this system would eliminate fall clean up days in the future.

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