It is illegal to put publicly accessible, donated item collection bins on:

  • Public sidewalks
  • Roadways
  • City-owned property
  • City-maintained property

You can report a donation collection bin on public property.

What You Need

Your contact information is required. The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) may contact you if they need more information.

Your report should also include:

  • A description of the types of items collected by the bin
  • The name, address, and phone number of the organization or sponsor if it’s posted on the bin

What Happens Next

DSNY will remove a reported collection bin on public property as soon as possible, usually within two weeks. They will then notify the bin's owner and give them 30 days to reclaim it. The owner may be responsible for storage charges, removal charges, and civil penalties.

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