Is it against the law for maintenance to try to find out whose trash they were collecting? 9 Answers as of February 13, 2013

Maintenance came to the property to clean out the trash bin and found some trash bags beside the trash can. Then they proceeded to go though the trash bags to see whose trash it was. Is that against the law?

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Law Office of Lisa Hurtado McDonnell | Lisa Hurtado McDonnell
No, you have no right of privacy once you throw some in the trash. That's why you should shred any thing with credit card numbers.
Answer Applies to: Utah
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Winnick Ruben Hoffnung Peabody & Mendel, LLC | Daniel N. Hoffnung
I doubt if it's illegal.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
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Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP | Kathleen DeLacy
In a very old case law you do not have privacy in trash put outside.
Answer Applies to: Delaware
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Kevin J. Connolly
Kevin J. Connolly | Kevin J. Connolly
No. Once you put something in the trash, you no longer have any expectation of privacy in it.
Answer Applies to: New York
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Gateway Legal Group | Christian J. Albut
Once trash is placed in or near a trash receptacle you no longer have a privacy right to said trash. Anybody can go through the trash at that point and it would not be illegal.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/13/2013
    Law Offices of Mark West
    Law Offices of Mark West | Mark West
    Generally speaking, no it is not against the law to go through trash. There is no expectation of privacy in the trash, it is thrown out.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/13/2013
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    No, trash at the collection point is abandoned property and available to any one for any use.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/13/2013
    Durham Jones & Pinegar | Erven Nelson
    No. It is not against the law, and maintenance may want to know if people who do not live at the property are using the trash bins.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 2/13/2013
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    No. There is no expectation of privacy for trash.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 2/13/2013
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