Troubled by those overflowing charity clothing bins where the homeless sometimes sleep? The city is trying to do something about the ones located on sidewalks.
Ignazio Terranova, a spokesman for the Department of Sanitation, told attendees of the Community Board 7 district cabinet meeting Friday at the Queens Botanical Garden that the clothing bins are illegal on all city property, including sidewalks.
“If one is found, it is tagged and a letter is sent to the owner,” Terranova said. “They have 30 days to move it and if not, then the city issues a fine, takes it away and it’s recycled.”
District Manager Marilyn Bitterman believes 30 days is too long a period and asked that the city shorten the time. Terranova agreed, saying the owners wait until the last minute to move them.
“We had a problem with one on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing that the owner moved to another illegal location,” he said. “They are playing movable chess.”
If a bin is on private property, but has been neglected and clothes are overflowing, Terranova said a ticket is issued for a dirty area.
He added that often people who donate clothes in the bins believe the recipients are reputable charities, but noted that many of them are for-profit, with the clothes sold.