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City leaders discuss donation bin ordinance

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Donating your used clothing is great idea, you can help out a charity while cleaning your closet. But, you may want to choose whom you give your items to. Giant donation bins are popping up all over the area and some Louisville Metro Council leaders aren't happy about it and want to tougher laws in place to regulate them.

City council leaders say the bins can become an eye-sore. People often time dump items that don't belong. For local non profit organizations, it's taking donations away from them.

At the Goodwill store on Broadway, donations aren't what they used to be.

"We are seeing overall over the past 12 months, a decrease in donations," said David Cobb of Goodwill.

Cobb says there are several reasons why that may be...the weather, the economy and donation bins around town.

"When you donate to a bin you can probably be assured most likely your donation will never see the light of day again in Louisville," said Cobb.

The giant boxes ask you to donate your clothes and your shoes. Many of them claiming that they take your donation to be reused and recycled. Some information WAVE 3 found indicates the bin companies sell your donations to third world countries.

Samuel Lowe is with The Gaia Movement in Louisville, there about 100 Gaia bins around town.

"What we do isn't just beneficial to people in Louisville but, to the world as whole," said Lowe.

Lowe says that money made from his company does help out the local community.

"We also do some things locally coat and toy drives," said Lowe.

Right now, there aren't any firm city laws that hold up against the current bins and that is something some Metro Council leaders want to change. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch says images of the bins becoming a dump site show what some of the bins around town are look like.

"There are over 200 (bins) right now but, it's like they are breeding like rabbits," said Welch.

Welch and five other council members want tougher regulations on the bins.

"We want to first license each company to know who is doing business and where is every box," said Welch.

A majority of the regulations Welch says will fall on the property owner where the bin is at. But, the end result will be if the bins aren't following the new future ordinance, the bins would be removed.

"They aren't putting anything back in our community as far as monetary taxes and they are taking resources from the non profits in that have been doing this for 100 years," said Welch.

Thursday, the Public Works Committee will meet to further discuss the donation bins ordinance.

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