Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Overnight, A Big Pink Illegal Clothing Collection Bin Appears On Hoyt Street

The number of metal bins illegally placed on city sidewalks by for-profit entities to encourage clothing donations has been increasing all over the city in recent months. It is unclear who the boxes belong to and where the profits from the sale of the items placed in them go.
One such illegal container just appeared in front of an empty lot on Hoyt Street between Second Street and Third Street. Neighbors asked the owner of the lot if she had given permission to have it placed there, but she assured them that she knew nothing about it.
Meanwhile, the residents of the adjacent homes have called in complaints and have posted a flier on the pink box to let others know that it is illegal.

If you see a random box without clear markings indicating what legal organization it belongs to, please assume that it is a scam. In the meantime, you can bring your used clothing to the Greenmarket at Carroll Street on Sunday mornings.




8 comments:

PorkchopBob said...

A number of these bins (not just pink) showed up on every other block down by me in Red Hook a few months ago. About a week ago a guy in a city sanitation car (or transportation car, I forget) was driving around and slapping stickers on them with notice that they would be removed in 30 days if the owners did not do so. It sounds like if reported, the city is aware of these and trying to remove them.

Anonymous said...

These are popping up all over Gowanus, too. I do see the stickers on them but it seems as though as soon as they are removed from one place they pop up in another. Is there really that much money to be made in the rag trade?

Anonymous said...

There's been a detailed thread about this running since January over on Brooklynian.com:

http://www.brooklynian.com/discussion/39171/illegal-donation-bins-popping-up-everywhere/

All about...

* the shady NJ company behind it (95% of profits go to company, not charity, in spite of charity donation appearances)

* how to file a complaint with the city and request removal of a bin

* how the company's been painting over and scraping off the city's removal warning stickers and shuffling containers to other locations within the 30 day removal warning notice period

* how new containers appear back in same locations immediately after the removal by Department of Sanitation.

Suffice it to say this NJ scammer company is winning the battle at present.

Anonymous said...

And also reported on DNAInfo today, on the LES in Manhattan:

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140702/lower-east-side/clothing-donation-bins-plunked-down-les-without-some-property-owners-ok

Anonymous said...

FYI...there's now an online removal request form up on NYC.gov, much better than prior link to pdf mail-in version:

DSNY: Collection Bin Removal Request Form:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dsny/html/contact/request_collectionbinremoval.shtml

Anonymous said...

These aren't for dog poop bags? Oops. My bad.

Anonymous said...

if your clothes aren't worthy of donating to salvation army, one of the women's shelters, etc, then you can also recycle old clothes/textiles and shows at the drop off on 9th between smith and court - just to the east of Teafee on 9th.

Alexuma said...

http://www.bkmag.com/2014/07/07/dont-put-your-unwanted-clothes-in-those-pink-bins/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=bins_l