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Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
Plant City Courier

Plant City wants to make sure donation bins benefit charities

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PLANT CITY – City commissioners will vote Monday on a law that would ensure that clothing dropped off at donation bins benefits charities and not private businesses.

The number of bins has proliferated in recent months; city staff members recently counted at least 50. City officials say they are concerned that bins are not always operated by charities.

“You see them all over the place now,” City Commissioner Mike Sparkman said. “We want to make sure that the donations are truly going to charity.”

City Manager Greg Horwedel said the city is encountering two problems: Bins that aren’t benefiting charities and ones that are poorly maintained and become dumping grounds for trash.

Among other provisions, the ordinance requires that owners of bins provide proof that the donations are benefiting charity and that the bins are maintained. The maximum sized bin would be 20 square feet of floor space and 6 feet tall.

If the ordinance is approved, bins not meeting the requirements would have to be removed in 60 days, Horwedel said.

Commissioners will vote during their regular 7:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall, 302 W. Reynolds St.

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