First Sightings of Donation Pickups from Illegal Pink Boxes

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 at 6:05 am by

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The ‘scam’ on Canal St.

Apparently the locals are already duped by the placement of those ubiquitous pink collection boxes. Many of the “Our Neighborhood Recycling” bins have been stuffed with plenty of goods, even with overflow piling up on sidewalks.

Meanwhile, a Boogie reader sent in the following image of a driver unloading bags of bounty into rented Enterprise trucks.

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Pink box pickup on Delancey

As reported, the pink boxes are believed to be the handiwork of Viltex in Newark, a for-profit recycling company that “works hand in hand with local non-profit organizations and charities for the purposes of providing help and assistance to those in need.”

While the collection of used clothing and shoes isn’t completely shady, the bins themselves are actually illegal. Some have already been marked by the Department of Sanitation for removal, like the one on Norfolk Street. EV Grieve also noticed a bunch in the East Village that are on the outs.

These rogue boxes are apparently a common occurrence, as evidenced by the ready-made signs from Sanitation.

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