Trash was piled on the ground near a Dumpster in a downtown parking lot last month. File photo: Denise Civiletti

The recently formed downtown Riverhead civic association will host town officials to discuss the issues of litter and trash throughout the town during its meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverhead Free Library.

The “Trash Talk” panel will feature Town of Riverhead engineer Drew Dillingham, Highway Superintendent Mike Zaleski and Riverhead Anti-Litter Advisory Committee member Jeanne Fallot to answer questions for residents and “make a plan to work together cleaning up our town,” according to a press release from the civic.

At last month’s inaugural meeting, prospective members of the Heart of Riverhead Civic Association laid out their vision for the civic’s role in the town. One of the most consistent issues from residents was litter in the downtown area.

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: [email protected]