Monday, Jan. 15, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is one of those holidays that catches a lot of people off guard.

It is a holiday recognized by federal, state and local governments, but not by many private businesses, which means folks in the private sector go to work and discover that anything related to the government is closed and their garbage won’t be picked up.

According to a new city ordinance, not only is putting your garbage and recycling bins on the street a day early unsightly, it is illegal. The good news is that this is one of those ordinances passed by the City Council with no plans for enforcement.

But the garbage, recycling, yard and bulk waste collections scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15 will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 16.  The collections scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 16 will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 17. The Thursday, Jan. 18 and Friday, Jan. 19 collection schedules will not be affected.

The White Street Landfill, the Solid Waste Transfer Station and the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center are also closed on Jan. 15.

Once again, with Guilford County Schools closed for the MLK holiday on Monday, Jan. 15, all the City of Greensboro recreation centers will also be closed, as well as the Greensboro Sportsplex, Simkins Indoor Sports Pavilion at Barber Park, Lake Higgins, Smith and Trotter Active Adult Centers, Greensboro Youth Council, Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation and Xperience @Caldcleugh.

Gillespie Golf Course, however, will be open to the public.

The Greensboro Science Center, which is operated by a nonprofit and not the City of Greensboro, will be open.

The Greensboro Public Library system, the Greensboro History Museum and the Greensboro Cultural Center are all closed on Monday, Jan. 15.

The Greensboro Transit Agency (GTA) and Access GSO will operate on a Saturday schedule, providing hourly service from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.