Along with the largest tax increase in history, water and sewer rate increases and fee increases, the Greensboro City Council also added some new fines for misbehaving residents of the city.

The city has had a regulation for some time that garbage and recycling bins are not allowed to be on the street longer than 24 hours, and now that regulation – also called by some the “nosey neighbor law” – puts teeth in that regulation.

The rule is that garbage and recycling bins may not be rolled to the street before 7 p.m. on the night before they are scheduled to be collected and must be rolled back from the street before 7 p.m. on the day of collection.

So, in a case like last week when Juneteenth was celebrated by the city, on Monday, June 20, the multitude of people who normally have Monday collection and rolled their bins out to the street on Sunday, June 19 were in violation of the law and could now be subject to a $25 fine because their pickup day was delayed to Tuesday, June 21.  The same goes for the folks who normally have Tuesday collection, which was delayed to Wednesday, June 22.

However, the $25 fine is actually focused on people who do not roll their cans back from the street by 7 p.m. on the day of collection.  The current city policy is that every resident gets one free rollback by city staff.  So, for the first violation, employees of the Field Operations Department will roll the bins back from the street and notify the resident of the violation but will not fine the resident.

The second violation and any following violations where Field Operations rolls the can back from the street will result in a $25 fine per violation.

On the website people are given several ways they can contact the Field Operations Department to anonymously turn in their neighbors for not rolling their bins back from the street promptly.  Of course, most neighbors won’t bother with notifying the city of bins left out on the street, but some will have the Field Operations number in their phones to make that call at 7:01 p.m.