New Bill Could Expedite Removal Of lllegal Clothing Bins

New Bill Could Expedite Removal Of lllegal Clothing Bins

A few weeks ago, we shared the news that those ubiquitous pink bins were not only extremely illegal, but also extremely deceptive: The majority of the clothes donated are sold by for-profit companies to thrift stores or overseas businesses. A good many of us were justifiably pissed and apparently we haven’t been alone in our outrage: Last week, City Councilman Vinnie Gentile introduced a new bill that would empower the Department of Sanitation to remove the bins immediately.

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On July 24,  Councilman Gentile, who represents Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, brought Bill Int 0409-2014 before the City Council for consideration, reports the Bay Ridge Journal. The bill calls for not only the immediate removal of the bins from city property, but also adds a $250 fine for first-time offenders of the would-be law and a $500 fine for repeat offenders.

As it stands, the Department of Sanitation can’t take immediate action. First, the DOS must paste a label on the bins warning the owners to remove them and then 30 days after that the DOS can physically remove the bin. Bill Int 0409-2014 would do away with that 30-day waiting period if the bin’s owner fails to include their contact information on the pink monstrosities.

And it looks like the bill may pass with little to no interference: Big names like City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor De Blasio have already signed on to sponsor Int 0409-2014. If passed as is, the new law will go into effect 90 days after signing.

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