The commission agreed the problems stem from when the bins overflow with items and become an eyesore.
Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black, who brought up the issue to city officials, said he has seen them overflowing and receives the most complaints about the bins near Kmart, the BP gas station at Vermilion and Fairchild street and near the Dixie Pit Stop at Vermilion and Williams streets.
People drop off car seats, mattresses and other junk at the bins, he said. He said the city’s public works department has cleaned up some of the sites multiple times.
Black said there are other locations that people can drop off clothing and other items locally, such as Y’s Buys Thrift Shop, 208 N. Jackson St., which helps the local women’s shelter.
Black said there were two or three bins years ago in the city and now there are around 12.
His concern is having one on every corner.
Commission members supported the city sending a letter to property owners to have them monitor and maintain the bins so they don’t overflow and become eyesores; have the bins meet setback requirements from roadways; and indicate that the city has enforcement abilities through its property maintenance code about property owners taking care of trash on their properties.
The companies currently don’t need a city permit for placement of the bins. Only property owner permission is needed.
Milliken said some Chicago suburbs have outlawed the bins completely, while a lot of communities address them in some fashion by limiting the number and/or placement of them.