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Riverside, Missouri Trash Service Details

Trash carts and recycling bins must be at the curbside no later than 7 a.m. Fridays. To help Friday collections stay on schedule, please follow these simple steps:

  • Trash and recycling carts should be placed within a foot of the curb with the lip of the lid facing the street. Please put bagged trash only in the cart. Materials in the recycling cart must NOT be bagged.
  • Excluded items include yard waste, construction & demolition debris, hazardous waste, oil, paint and chemicals.
  • Place carts two (2) feet from one another and mailboxes, parked cars and other objects.
  • Extra bags should be place beside the cart. Do Not set extra bags on top of the cart.
  • Excess trash bags must be affixed with overage stickers for collection. Overage stickers are available from GFL customer service at a price of $6.50 for a sheet of five stickers. Contact us at 816-380-5595 (press Option 3 for residential service) or Overage stickers are also available at Riverside City Hall.

Residential trash is defined as waste material generated through the occupation and operation of a normal household. Excluded items include, but are not limited to, yard waste, construction & demolition debris, hazardous waste, oil, paint and chemicals. Excess trash exceeding the limit may be disposed of by affixing overage tags to bags and placing those bags next to your WCA trash cart. Overage tags are available for purchase at Riverside City Hall. 

Holiday Schedule

GFL of Riverside observes some holidays and will not collect trash or recycling on these particular holidays. Your materials will be collected on Saturdays of the following holiday weeks:

  • New Years Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Recycling Collection

Place items at the curbside by 7 AM the day of the scheduled collection service. Please break down excess cardboard boxes and stack them next to your recycling container.

Accepted Materials:

  • Paper Products
  • All paper/fiber products (junk mail, newspapers, magazines)
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Clean and empty beverage cartons
  • Plastic Containers
  • All household plastic containers marked with the recycling symbol (with or without caps). Includes Plastics #1-#7, except for Plastics #6.
  • Metal Containers
  • Aluminum containers
  • Steel and tin cans

Items NOT Collected for Recycling:

  • NO glass products
  • NO plastic bags
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO packing materials
  • Do NOT mix yard waste with recycling.

Contamination of the waste stream poses a significant threat to the recycling markets. Remember – when in doubt, throw it out.

Disposal of Yard Waste

The city schedules free curbside yard waste collection several times each year, generally two dates in the spring and two dates in the fall. Collection dates will be published on the City of Riverside website and the city newsletter. Please follow the following yard waste collection guidelines:

  • Yard waste will be collected at the curb on your regular service day.
  • Accepted materials include: grass clippings, leaves, plants, small shrubs, and limbs (less than 2 inches in diameter)
  • Yard waste can be placed at the curb in biodegradable paper bags. Items should not weigh more than 50 pounds.
  • Tree branches and limbs must be tied with string or twine in bundles no more than 4 feet long and 18 inches in diameter. Bundles should not weigh more than 50 pounds.
  • Wood fencing, landscape timbers, flower pots, yard decoration, mulch, rock, dirt and similar items are not considered yard waste and will not be collected.

Bulk Waste & White Goods

Residents may set out properly tagged bulky items at the curb for Friday collection. Bulky item tags are available for $10 each at Riverside City Hall. Each item must be tagged. Bulk items include: couch, chair, dresser, mattress, etc.  Bulk item collection excludes appliances, items containing Freon, and electronics waste items such as televisions and computer monitors. Construction materials will not be collected.

Residents may also schedule a bulky item collection directly with GFL. That service is priced at $50 for up to five items.

Appliances or items not qualified as “bulky items” can be collected for an additional fee. Contact GFL Customer Service by calling 816-380-5595 (Option 3) or at