Attorney general cracks down on clothing donation bins

Published Jan 12, 2018 at 4:00pm

NEW YORK — State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced that over 4,700 donation collection bins in the state are labeled as to whether clothing or other items will be used for charitable or for-profit purposes. This follows enforcement efforts to ensure compliance with a new sate law that imposes strict regulations on the pavement, maintenance, and transparency of such bins.

“New Yorkers who drop off personal items into collection bins deserve to know whether they are making a charitable donation or enriching a for-profit corporation,” Schneiderman said. “We are committed to ensuring that New Yorkers know how their donations will be used.”

General Business Law 399-bbb mandates specific requirements for signage placed on all collection bins, including the purpose of the donations. These include the name, physical address, phone number, and website of the bin’s owner along with contact information of the attorney general’s office.

This law also prohibits the placement of bins on public property and regulates the maintenance of the bins, including a requirement that they are emptied on a regular basis.

To ensure that owners of collection bins are in compliance with the new law, investigators from the attorney general’s office inspected bins across the state and determined whether they met the statutory requirements.

Violation notices were issued to bin operators, recycling companies and charities who were not in compliance with state standards. These notices detailed the steps each owner must take to bring their bins into compliance with the law.

Schneiderman’s office has brought 4,762 bins into compliance to date, his office said. These efforts are ongoing, and the attorney general’s office will continue to ale appropriate action against bin owners and operators who fail to take the necessary steps to come into compliance.