Hampstead, NC asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina

Q: There's a longer story, but my basic question is how long can a trash service leave their trash can in my yard?

I did not have an account with this company. The previous resident did, it was canceled over a year ago. I have tried putting the container at the road to get it picked up twice before. They have tried to start billing for service that isn't used. They said in an email that they would be out to pick it up 2 weeks ago and it's still here.

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Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: I'm sorry, but more facts are needed. Did you contract with this company, you terminated servicees and they have not picked the container back up? There is no "law" or "rule" addressing this as requiring any specific number of days or weeks. You would need to look at the contract you signed for the terms. If there is nothing specified in the contract, it would be a "reasonable" time.

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