GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – With the spring semester over, many students are packing up their belongings and leaving Greenville for the summer and Greenville Code Enforcement wants to make sure they don’t leave anything behind.
“This is the calm before the storm,” Code Enforcement Officer Johnnie Butler said. “Don’t just put it out. When you came, it wasn’t there. And when you leave, just take all the things you want and get the education to find out where to put the rest.”
Code Enforcement says fines could be issued if items are found piled on the street.
“If we have to take it, our fines are $50 for the administrative fee and the citation. And if we have to have a city contractor to clean it up, whatever fees they charge is added to that,” Butler explained.
On Friday, 9 On Your Side rode along with Code Enforcement. Butler says people just assume it’s acceptable to leave anything on the street.
Butler explained, “It’s not acceptable. You cannot put it out like that. Certain items go in the trash can.”
Habitat for Humanity reminds college students it takes used items and will even pick them up.
“Thousands of dollars are thrown away every single day that are put on the street that the city just picks up and throws into the landfill,” explained Scott Johnson, who added that someone’s trash could be someone else’s treasure. “There is so much need here in this community. And if they would just take those donated items and bring them into Habitat, we can give them to someone else.”
Butler hopes more students this year decide to take their belonging home or drop them off to help someone else.