On Nov. 1, the $25 fine for taking your garbage can to the street too early, or leaving it out on the street too long, is scheduled to go into effect.
The $25 fine included in the City of Greensboro 2022-2023 budget was to go into effect on July 1. However, after the City Council learned of the new fine in July, the implementation of the new source of revenue for the city was postponed for 120 days.
In July, City Councilmember Yvonne Johnson asked that the decision to institute the fine be “tabled.” Johnson, however, did not make a motion to table the fine or a motion to reconsider the vote establishing the fine. As a result, the City Council took no action on the implementation of the new $25 fine.
Johnson said, “I’d like to talk about other ways that we can have the same result and encourage neighbors to be neighbors.” She said that she had heard from a lot of her constituents who didn’t like the idea of being fined for leaving their garbage or recycling cans out on the street.
While no City Council action was taken, the implementation of the fine was postponed for 120 days by city staff.
A cynic might surmise that the main reason for the 120 moratorium was to push the implementation of the unpopular new garbage can fine past the July 26 City Council election – and there is some evidence that is the case.
The City Council hasn’t discussed other methods of encouraging residents to roll their garbage cans to and from the street in a timely manner or, as Johnson suggested, tabled the fine.
The press release announcing the new $25 fine states, “In order to avoid a fee, residents should be sure your trash and recycling containers are at the curb no more than 48 hours – from 7 am the day before service to 7 am the day after your service day.”
The City of Greensboro ordinance Sec. 25-13 states, “Solid waste shall not be placed at the curbside prior to the day preceding the scheduled collection day.”
The ordinance does not state prior to 7 a.m. the day preceding the collection day. So, if someone chooses to place their garbage and recycling bins at the street at 3 a.m. the day preceding their collection day they would be in compliance with the city ordinance, but still subject to a $25 fine.
So according to the press release the city intends to start fining people who are in compliance with the ordinance.
Stupid is as stupid does and we have a whole lot of stupidity with this City Council!!!
“In order to avoid a fee, residents should be sure your trash and recycling containers are at the curb no more than 48 hours – from 7 am the day before service to 7 am the day after your service day.”
THIS IS REASONABLE – NOW THE ORDINANCE NEEDS TO BE REVISED.
This is a fix in search of a problem
Taking your garbage cans out the evening before the day of collection is not the problem. THE PROBLEM is on my street, today is Tuesday about 16:21, there are at least 4 houses that still have their cans out . And two of them have their recycle cans out because they thought it was collected too. I can guarantee that those cans will stay till next Monday. And the garbage cans may or may not be moved back. Yep , people don’t care and if I could guess, the homes I mentioned are all rentals. Fine them all …
As I read the statement you may put your rolly-bins on the curb “from 7am the day before your service…” which would seem to me that if my pickup is on Tuesday, that I cannot put my bins out before 7 am the day before my service, or 7 am on Monday…
Not too unreasonable, but still, the City seems to be trying to gouge every penny they can from the citizenry. I noticed on my license renewal form that not only is there the obligatory property tax charged, but a non- descript “fee” just for the priviledge of owning a car in Greensboro.
All this money collected and they can’t even keep the streets in decent repair….
Clear as mud!
Our crackerjack city council taking on the most important issues of our time.Madness!
Good! I’m already calling the city in order for them to enforce this I will be calling on multiple houses next week thanks GSO city council
Glad I don’t live in your neighborhood lol
Does that mean the City will pay me for when they fail to pick up my trash on its appropriate dates This has aleady happened several time over the past several years. And more frequent with yard waste pickup. Maybe Ms. Johnson will deliver my $25.00 when this occurs again…
COG = The Trash Nazis. I wonder how they plan to steal and split up the fines money?
Is there a tip line where informants can turn in their non compliant neighbors?
This is what happens when you have intersectional morons running our city. They own us.