Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General

“News 8 Rochester: Schneiderman Announces New Law to Prevent Scams with Donation Bins”

January 12, 2018

As published by News 8 Rochester, on January 11, 2018.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that over 4,700 donation bins across the state now disclose whether items donated are used for charitable or for-profit purposes.

Schneiderman recently imposed a new state law enforcing strict regulations on the placement, maintenance, and transparency of collections bins across New York.

“New Yorkers who drop-off personal items into collection bins deserve to know whether they are making a charitable donation or enriching a for-profit corporation,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.

Donation bins are to be labeled with the name, physical address, phone number, and website of the owner of the bin, as well as contact information for the Attorney General’s office.

Bins can not be placed on public property and they are required to be emptied regularly.

In 2015, a for-profit company in Yonkers named Thrift Land, operated 1,100 collection bins.

The company tricked people into believing donations were going to a charity, whose logo was plastered on the bins.

Thrift Land then sold the donated items at a huge profit, while charity whose logos were used, recieved a small fee for their name.

This new state law is set in place to prevent such scams.