City to fine residents $50/day for leaving trash and recycle bins out too long

The City of Richmond will begin fining residents who leave their trash or recycle bins out “too long.” The fine will be $50 per day.

City Code Section 86-44 stipulates Supercans and recycling bins should not be placed out earlier than 4 p.m. on the day before collection and must be removed from the right-of-way by 7 a.m. the day after collection. The City right-of-way includes sidewalks, alleys and median strips between sidewalks and roadways.

Full release follows.

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City residents will need to pay strict attention to the times they put out their Supercan, as well as the time they remove it from the City right-of-way. Beginning March 11, in accordance with a City Ordinance, residents and property owners will be subject to monetary fines for leaving their Supercans out too long.

City Code Section 86-44 stipulates Supercans and recycling bins should not be placed out earlier than 4 p.m. on the day before collection and must be removed from the right-of-way by 7 a.m. the day after collection. The City right-of-way includes sidewalks, alleys and median strips between sidewalks and roadways.

“The right-of-way is part of a natural corridor contributing to the aesthetic quality and value of our neighborhoods. Removal of our refuse and recycling receptacles after service returns this area to its natural state, providing pedestrian, cycling and vehicular passage in our communities,” said James Jackson, Director of the Department of Public Works.

For the first violation of the ordinance, the property owner or utility account holder (if they are not the same person) will receive a violation notification sticker on their Supercan. The violator will also receive a letter notifying them of the infringement. Following notification, violators will be penalized $50 per day for each calendar day the can is not removed, starting the day following the last collection. For example, if trash is collected on Tuesday and the can is still out after 7 a.m. Wednesday, a sticker will be placed on it and a letter will be sent. If the resident is still non-compliant as of the date of the letter the fine will be retroactive back to the first day of the violation. For residents who place out more than one Supercan, a separate $50 per day fee will be imposed for each can. The fines will be added to the monthly utility statement.

Each residence can have up to four Supercans with the City providing one can free of charge. Residents who need additional cans may purchase them for $55 each by calling Customer Care at 3-1-1 or 646-7000. Each additional can incurs a $17.50 per month collection fee.

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  1. #1 • Alex •

    LOL OK.

    Sorry but the trash cans explicitly say “Property of the City of Richmond” so the City can come out and move their property as they please.

    Can you imagine if the City parked a City owned vehicle in front of your house, on a public street, then fined you for not moving it? GET REAL

  2. #2 • Alex •

    Not to mention, how do you determine which household is using which trash can! Don’t recall serial numbers on them! So if I place the trash can I use (but do not own) in front of my neighbors house, and they don’t move it since I use it… They’ll receive the fine?

  3. #3 • Karen •

    I agree with this in theory but Alez poses some good questions. Also, since the city has done such a FABULOUS job of collecting delinquent stormwater fees, I am sure they will jump on this too.

  4. #4 • Kayla •

    The city should start worrying about how trash strewn about neighborhood streets , “contributes to the aesthetic quality and value of our neighborhoods.” People walk past my house every day and throw trash on the street but I do not see City officials providing trashcans on the corner of the streets or fining those individuals littering. I think there are much bigger issues that should be tackled before enforcing this insignificant ordinance.

  5. #5 • Reighning Blows •

    Alex, dont put your trash can in front of your neighbors house, i hope this helps

  6. #6 • Michael •

    Look! There! On the corner! Faster to be fined than a slumlord! More powerfully offensive than a vacant lot filled with trash! Able to blight occupied buildings in a single day! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s SUPERCAN!!!

  7. #7 • Eric Purks •

    So what’s the real issue here? Is it that the City has recognized a legitimate problem, an increase in such occurrences? If so, there’s no mention of it in the City’s own announcement on its website. Sure they cite the ordinance and its purpose, but nothing to say WHY it’s so important to enforce NOW. Seems like City managers were asked to think of new ways the City could extract more money from its residents, and for some reason this was allowed to bubble up on the list. Stupid idea and waste of money. If this is a real problem, I think it could be handled on a neighborly level. Neighbor A is bothered by Neighbor B’s trashcan/recycling bin being left out “too long.” Neighbor A does one of two things. One, simply and politely mention it to the neighbor. Yes, there may actually be a reasonable explanation why Neighbor B has difficulty bringing their stuff back in their yard timely. Or two, just pull the darn things into Neighbor B’s yard.

  8. #8 • Steve •

    I can no longer store my trash can in the alley, like I have for the last two years? This is just a shake down. There’s no good reason for this other than to attempt to fill up city coffers. I have a hard time believing that any Northside alleys that are currently just eye sores will suddenly blossom into beauties to behold just because the green bins are no longer there. Stupid rule. Everyone on my block keeps their bin in the alley all week.

    I’ve got another idea. Instead of a pointless shakedown serving no real societal interest, we try instead to save money by reducing spending. One easy way to instantly save the city some cash would be to decriminalize marijuana possession. The reduction in expenses associated with the investigation, arrest, trial, and incarceration of marijuana possession would easily save more money than the trash bin regulation would earn, and society would be better off with the change. The PR associated with such a move would also bring positive attention to Richmond and likely interest in moving here or visiting.

  9. #9 • Dana Caffrey •

    I think $50 is too much. I wish that the government will be more linient to the fine. I believe that the residents won’t allow their garbage bins stay too long outside.

  10. #10 • Karen •

    My neighbor and I collected and hauled off 6,892 lbs. of trash in just three days, using our own sweat,tools and trucks…and it only included the alleyways from the 2900 through the 2600 blocks of Barton…ONLY after the City’s MPAC/.seeclickfix systems failed after repeated request to pick up the trash…their response..nada..nothing. Each load was weighed and documented….this trash can crap is just that..because they (the City) have their logo stamped on it…another levy! They could care less about the cans or the alleyways..which by the way if used ..the city trucks would be swallowed up by the crater size pot anyone else going to council meetings when they pass these new ordinance?

  11. #11 • Dan •

    I think there is a serious misconception here about the reference to alleys as evidenced by several comments. The city is talking about trash cans not blocking the alley *right-of way*. Which is essentially the part you drive on. If your can is on your property which adjoins the right-of-way (such as where you might park your car), there is no issue.