Sanitation Now Acting Against Proliferation of Pink Collection Boxes on the LES

Posted on: July 3rd, 2014 at 9:50 am by

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Dept. of Sanitation is getting involved; Photo: @allmynicethings

The suspicious pink boxes began popping up around the Lower East Side sometime last weekend. We first noticed Sunday morning, when all of a sudden, the neighborhood was assaulted by a collection bin on nearly every corner. Each carries a stencil with the branding, “Our Neighborhood Recycling.”

Now the Department of Sanitation is finally acting. This particular box on Norfolk Street is now draped in a poster urging would-be good Samaritans not to donate (“Stop! Do not place any clothing or apparel in this bin”). It further confirms their illegality by announcing the bin was placed in violation of Local Law No. 31 of 2007. Removal will soon follow.

One reader claims that these boxes are actually 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.”

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