Weather Notes

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Durham Solid-Waste Collection

Make up collections for Wednesday and Thursday customers will take place today, road conditions permitting. 

Only trash and recycling will be collected on Saturday.

Bulky items and yard waste collections normally scheduled for Friday will be picked up on the next regularly scheduled collection day.

The city's Waste Disposal and Recycling Center also will open during its regular business hours on Saturday.

Trash and recycling collection on Saturday will only occur if the Sampson County landfill, which accepts the city’s daily collections of trash, is open.

It’s also important for residents to remove their abandoned vehicles today so the City’s plows can access the neighborhood streets, making them passable for both residents and solid waste collection trucks.

Customers who are waiting for collection should continue to leave their carts on the curb.

Any questions or concerns regarding solid-waste collection schedule changes should be directed to Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200.

Chapel Hill messages

The Town of Chapel Hill sent out these weather messages on Friday:

-- Solid-waste commercial collection will be conducted on Saturday.

-- People who abandoned vehicles should continue to retrieve them. Check the list at www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?recordid=7309&page=22 or call the Police Department. Towing will continue for the safety of the traveling public.

-- Watch for icy chunks melting and falling from rooftops.

-- Move vehicles into driveways to make room for public works crews to clear streets.

Town services are back in operation with some possible delays. Call facilities for their current schedules at www.townofchapelhill.org/facilities.

Price gouging

State laws against price gouging and unfair business practices remain in effect.

Attorney General Roy Cooper reminded towing companies about the law on Friday in a news release.
“Bad weather isn’t an excuse to jack up prices and rip off consumers,” Cooper said. “If you think you’re being charged too much for towing, let us know about it.”
Some drivers forced to abandon their cars by this week’s winter storm are now finding that the cars have been towed and they face hefty towing fees.

More than a dozen consumers from across the state have called Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division to report being charged  too much for towing.

Some consumers are reporting charges of $400 or more compared to normal towing rates of closer to $100 to $150.
Consumers who believe they are being overcharged for vehicle towing or storage should file a complaint with Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division online at www.ncdoj.gov or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina.