The City of Greensboro’s new $25 fine for ordinances regarding leaving your trash can out too long isn’t popular among many.

However, it seems as though people are paying attention and trying to stay out of trouble with the city’s trash police even though the new law doesn’t go into effect until July 1.

On Tuesday morning, June 28, the day after garbage pickup day for the Irving Park area, trash cans left on the street were few and far between.

Before the City of Greensboro announced that it would be cracking the whip on violators, streets like West Cornwallis (seen above) would still have a good number of city trash cans lining the street. However, bright and early on the morning of June 28, trashcans on Cornwallis and the surrounding streets could be found – but there were dramatically fewer at the curb than in the past.

The City of Greensboro’s rule states that garbage and recycling cans may not be put out on the street before 7 p.m. on the night before the scheduled collection – and they must be taken back from the street before 7 p.m. on collection day.

For those whose garbage is collected late in the day – or those who may have to work late – that means problems if they have neighbors who don’t like them and are eager to get them in trouble.

The city has had the rule in the past, but the new 2022-2023 city budget includes $25 fines for those who simply put out and bring in their trash and recycling cans whenever they darn well please.