Riverton trash pickup going to four days a week; Residential areas to use roll-off containers

(Riverton, Wyo.) – On a split vote, the Riverton City Council narrowly approved a change that will require all residential customers in Riverton to use curbside roll-out containers.

The 4-3 vote approving the change passed with the support of Councilors Mary Ellen Christensen, Todd Smith, Jonathan Faubion and Martin Cannan. Mayor Ron Warpness and councilors Richard Gard and Kyle Larson voted no.

“it was a fairly long discussion and we had several people from the audience speak out against the recommendation of the Sanitation Task Force,” City Administrator Steven Weaver said.

Weaver said the main objection came from residents who didn’t believe they could manipulate a rollout to the curbside, especially in winter months. Weaver said the change to curbside rollouts for all areas of the city was necessitated because in some areas, the city doesn’t have legal access to alleyways. “That’s especially the problem on North 16th East. The alley there is privately owned as the lots abut each other without a right-of-way established for the alley.”

Weaver said if that issue can be resolved, the city would be willing to do alley pickups of the rollouts in those instances. in other alleyways, Weaver said there are sharp turns that the new city equipment could not negotiate, necessitating a curbside pickup.

Weaver also dispelled a myth about the efficiency of the system, saying the savings of time is not in how much time it takes the city’s new sanitation trucks to stop at each residence, but the amount of trash they can hold. “Our old trucks have to stop at the bale station two or three times a day to unload, but the new trucks only need to stop there once at the end of the day due to their increased capacity. That’s where the efficiency comes in, it saves each truck 1.5 to 2 hours per day.”

The trash collection is also going to a longer day, but only four days a week instead of the present five days.