LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – You’ve probably seen them in the corner of a parking lot. Charity donation bins stuffed to overflowing or buried in trash.
Now the Lansing City Council has passed an ordinance that will regulate those collection bins.
One of the major components of the ordinance is that there must be an approved permit from the city before a bin can be placed.
This is expected to put in place accountability and the protocols that have been missing.
The charity bins began appearing around the city but were unregulated.
In some cases the bins were dropped in front of businesses without the permission of the business owners.
There were instances in which the bins were used as trash dumping sites, creating messes that needed to be cleaned up but with no way to find the person or group responsible for the bin.