Summer’s the perfect time to go through your closet and figure out exactly what you do and don’t need. If you live in Brooklyn or Queens, you may have spotted pink ‘donation’ bins popping up in your neighborhood and thought that they were a genius way to simplify your wardrobe redesign.
Well, there’s good news and bad news. Bad news first, The New York Times discovered that these pink bins, which are owned by the Narcisco Recycling Company, aren’t charitable in the least. The company actually makes money off of your donations by selling them to thrift shops and businesses overseas!
That’s not even the worst of it. Because they’re set-up on public sidewalks, these bins are technically illegal, but there are so many of them that the city is having a hard time removing them all.
If you see one in your neighborhood, you can call 3-1-1 to report the bin for removal, but chances are it’ll take the city months to actually get around to dealing with it. In the mean time, make sure to let your friends and neighbors know not to use the misleading pink box!
The good news is that to combat these pesky pink nuisances, GoodWill and other charitable organizations are installing their own donation bins. You’ll be able to tell which bins are legit because they’ll be marked with classic GoodWill branding and will never be on public property. If you see a lonely bin on the sidewalk, steer clear!
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