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.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Council legislation introduced to get rid of those bins
Posted by Queens Crapper at 2:38 AM
now if we could only do something for the "cash for cars" signs.
Is there some (legal) reason why the fines proposed in this legislation can't be higher? How about $2,000 for the first offense and $5,000 for the second offense. And while we're at it, $10,000 for the third offense and $20,000 for the fourth offense? Why not get serious about deterring this nonsense? A few hundred bucks is chicken feed to the creeps who are responsible for these things turning up everywhere.
Remember, the for-profit companies that put these boxes on public property are folks who are deliberately trying to take advantage of the average person's desire to help needy people so that they can rake in the cash. From what I have read, they are making a killing by selling the items to countries in the third world. Get real. Make the fines scary.
I cannot believe there isn't already legislation already in place. What is need here is enforcement of existing laws. Not new ones. This is another example of an inept city council attempting to prove to us that they're on the job and car about us.
A whole bunch of these were just dumped off in Glendale. One on edsall ave, on at the corner of cypress & central, and another at otto and 70th ave.
Its amazing, within HOURS of them being set up, they become a magnet for other illegal dumping. So now we have giant ugly pink boxes with stacks of garbage next to them.
Find the owners, and slit their throats.
Perhaps it's better that our old clothes are recycled for profit as insulation instead of piling up in landfills.
I'd like to see more enforcement on the predatory "cash for homes" posters that are ruining our neighborhoods.
Anon 1: Agreed. Cash for Cars is out of control. They're everywhere you look now.
I think the cash for cars and we buy houses signs are much more of a nuisance than the donation boxes. Let's do something addressing them.
" think the cash for cars and we buy houses signs are much more of a nuisance than the donation boxes. Let's do something addressing them."
Not that I think it's the best solution since we shouldn't have to do it in the first place, but with some simple tools (box cutter, pole, duct tape, scraper) and a lot of persistence, good old ordinary citizens can remove most signs like these.
On the other hand, short of renting a forklift and a large truck, I don't see how somebody on their own could get rid of the fake charity boxes. Also, these big boxes attract garbage and graffiti. Yeah, the signs are bad too but c'mon, the boxes are a MUCH bigger nuisance than the signs.
I'm not saying the donation boxes are not a nuisance but a few here and there are not as bad compared to every single light and telephone pole plastered with "we buy cars."
"every single light and telephone pole plastered with "we buy cars."
Not so much in my neighborhood. We rip them down, cut them down, scrape them down. Over the last four years or so, more than 200.
There are actually now more of those fake charity boxes around here. Can't move those on our own.
These bins-- commercial or not-- allow for the useful disposal of clothing and items that would otherwise end up trashed on the street, or in already overflowing garbage pails and dumpsters, and then in our landfills. I vote for more of them.
"These bins-- commercial or not-- allow for the useful disposal of clothing and items that would otherwise end up trashed on the street, or in already overflowing garbage pails and dumpsters, and then in our landfills. I vote for more of them."
For a troll you're pretty funny. Nice to know some of you have a sense of humor. :)
That big pipe should go straight into fumigating the clothes so no critters abound
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