Checking under the lid on city’s donation bins

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Across Worcester, there are more than 100 clothing donation bins owned by both nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies that are making thousands in revenue while paying only a few hundred dollars for the right to place the clothing bins in the city.

Some elected officials and local business owners believe these companies shouldn’t be allowed to profit when many of these bins serve as dumping grounds for household trash.

Donation bins across the city have become known as fertile illegal dumping ground and a nuisance for neighbors.

Patrick Sargent / For Worcester Sun

Donation bins across the city have become known as fertile illegal dumping ground and a nuisance for neighbors.

Companies that own the bins argue that they serve a charitable purpose and that the city could be doing more to end the illegal dumping by residents.

Many of these bins are owned by for-profit, Worcester-based companies, Earth Aid Inc. of 385 Cambridge St., and Mint Green Planet Inc. of 78 Canterbury St.


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