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Is it against the law to go through someone’s trash and/or recycling once it has been placed at the curb for pickup in Brunswick County?

Shelby Sebens
StarNews

When you take your trash or recycling to the curb it is still on your property. If someone is going through your trash while it is on the curb, Brunswick County Operations Services Director Stephanie Lewis said, he or she would be trespassing. When the trash is picked up by Waste Industries, it then becomes the company’s property. It then goes to the landfill, where state law prohibits scavenging, meaning people cannot take the trash from the landfill, Lewis said.

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6 Responses to “ Is it against the law to go through someone’s trash and/or recycling once it has been placed at the curb for pickup in Brunswick County?”

  1. On July 28, 2010 at 11:39 am A P wrote:

    i would have to disagree since the curb is right of way to a state road. That is public property until the recycling truck picks it up, at which time it is property of the company. This is spelled out clearly in the N.C. General Statues.

  2. On July 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm Elizabeth wrote:

    I agree AJ. I work for an engineering firm & ROW’s (Right of Ways) are where people typically would put their trash for pick-up.

  3. On July 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm Landon wrote:

    AP’s comment is also not entirely accurate. Not all roads are state maintained. Especially in private communities. In that case it would probably be the property of the local municipality or the community HOA.

  4. On August 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm Jennifer wrote:

    Why is that law enforcement can do “trash pulls” without warrants?

  5. On September 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm CourtFollower wrote:

    Greenwood v. California

    No warrant required.

  6. On December 1, 2011 at 9:53 am Charles wrote:

    What about in New Hanover County? If I put out recycling with the intent of the county recycling it and someone takes the aluminum for their personal gain, are they not stealing from the county?



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