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“Buenos dias.” “Dias.” “Buenos dias.” “Buenos dias.” “Buenos dias.” It’s a Thursday morning, and the employees of Noamex’s warehouse in East New York hop off the Q8 bus on Wortman Avenue. They shuffle past parked tractor trailers and through the building’s unassuming front door, filing in singly to punch their time cards. They’re young, old, male, female, skinny, stout. Their uniforms are whatever they decided to wear this morning. A few women wait for their foreman in the foyer,...
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...
For our second scamming-related story today, we turn to those pink used-clothing bins that have been popping up all over the city and especially in Brooklyn. In case you missed it, they're an absolute crock. According to the Times, the bins from Narciso Recycling Company/Viltex do not "Provide Money to Charities" as their labels claim, but instead, sell donated clothing to thrift shops and businesses overseas, directly benefitting the for-profit companies. What's more, the bins are blocking public...

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