But as city officials moved forward with the ban, lawyers representing the companies that own some of the bins reached out to the city’s attorney. According to them, an outright ban on donation bins could create a “first amendment issue.”
Council is now moving towards a compromise and plans to vote Tuesday evening on a new ordinance allowing donation bins, but companies will now have to go through a new permitting process. Part of that process includes a site plan for each bin location and a pickup schedule.
Companies will be fined if the area around the bins become an eyesore again.
City leaders are still working on a dollar amount for the fine.