By Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has taken steps to start regulating the proliferation of large metal bins used by organizations to collect donated clothing.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a measure earlier this month that will require anyone who places collection bins to include information about the organizations that operate them.

The new law that takes effect in mid-2016 bans the bins from public property and requires bins placed on private property to have the group’s website, email address, physical address and phone number. And the bins must be emptied on a regular basis.

The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Edward Braunstein of Queens. In his legislation, Braunstein said the bins are a “scourge” in some New York City neighborhoods and the measure was needed because collection bins are sometimes owned by “irresponsible companies masquerading as charities.”

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