It is illegal to put publicly accessible, donated item collection bins on City-owned property, City-maintained property, a public sidewalk, or a roadway.

You can report a collection bin on public property.

What You Need

Your report should include a description of the types of items collected by the bin.

It’s helpful if you provide the name, address, and phone number of the organization or sponsor if it’s posted on the bin.

What Happens Next

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will remove a reported collection bin on public property as soon as possible, usually within two weeks.

DSNY will then notify the bin's owner and give them 30 days to reclaim it. The owner may be responsible for storage charges, removal charges, and civil penalties.