Clothing donation bins have sprouted all across Southern Brooklyn. The good intentions of the bins, combined with their almost official like presence, have disguised what City Council candidate Theresa Scavo claims is illegal placement by organizations of questionable intent. According to a press release, the candidate to replace Councilman Michael Nelson, and current chairperson of Community Board, Scavo is looking to stop the spread of the bins.
We had covered the spread of the illegally placed bins on our sister site, Bensonhurst Bean. We reported that the bins, supposedly placed by various nonprofit groups, have been illegally placed on public property and often in a haphazard fashion. The bins have also been subject to theft and vandalism.
Scavo was clear that it was about time for the bins to go for good.
“These bins are unsightly and a nuisance to the community,” Scavo said. “No one knows where they came from and they are unwelcome in this neighborhood. I am working with the city to identify these bins and cart them away.”
Once a bin is targeted for being illegally placed, the Department of Sanitation gives the owner 30 days to move them before the city takes them away.
Instead of giving clothing to the bins, where allegations have sprung up that very little of the resale of the goods goes to charity, Scavo instead has insisted that people donate used clothing to the Salvation Army and other credible charities.