Just like the garage epidemic in Jamaica, those eyesores of clothing bins (with stickers all over them, overflowing and/or garbage around them) are becoming an epidemic in our community and all over NYC as well as the country. Like we do not deal with enough quality of life bullshit, we have to add yet another problem.
Growing up, I would see the occasional “Goodwill” clothing bin, but in recent years, bins of all kinds have been popping up in communities like bad weeds (tells a lot about the state of our once great country and that is another subject). Not only have they become major eyesores, some overflowing with clothing, others with garbage all around them, like the one that was illegally placed in the Auto Zone parking lot on Merrick Blvd, but many are not charities, but “For Profit” companies who in turn sell the clothes. Many are placed illegally blocking sidewalks and appearing on private property without the owners consent. Read more at: (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140329/crown-heights/for-profit-clothing-donation-bins-on-rise) and read the comment by Wade Larsen, who has written about this subject matter. According to the DNAinfo article, Brooklyn had the most bins removed of any borough, with 33 pulled. Eleven were hauled away from the Bronx, 4 were taken from Queens and none were removed from Manhattan, according to the Sanitation Department. But that does not mean Jamaica does not have a problem, it is just that residents in Jamaica are not reporting these eyesores and are being ignored like other quality of life issues in our community. Jamaica has a shit load of these eyesores that I see all the time everywhere, like that mess in the Auto Zone Parking lot, that has since been removed, but looked like it was dumped a few blocks away.
If any legitimate charity wants to have clothing donated, bins must be placed on their own properties, people can just drop off clothing at their locations, charities can do pick-ups or they can work something out with local churches, but to just have these bins haphazardly placed anywhere in our communities is just bullshit.
And the big question, why would clothing bins be placed in lower economic communities to begin with, it is not like the people who live there will be donating clothes, they are more likely to be the receiver, so shouldn’t we then see these bins in well to do communities, like Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, the Upper East Side, West Village, etc. That only makes sense. But of course those areas “want to help”, they just do want to see the shit in their communities. So yeah, dump the shit in Jamaica. This is total disrespect towards our community and ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
But what makes bigger sense is a law that prohibits these types of bins to be placed in any community period. Time to end another bullshit quality of life issue, especially with all the facts we now know about these clothing bins and some of the companies that are placing them.
So let’s add clothing bins to the list along with illegal dumping, uncovered garbage cans, abandoned cars, garbage/litter, garbage strewn vacant lots, garbage strewn vacant houses/buildings, illegal apartments, illegal curb cuts and slumlords. The city cannot take care of the shit that is already a problem, let’s just add more shit to the mix.