Butler Donation Bin Maintenance Discussed
Borough council considers allowing new bins for The Salvation Army.
A Butler councilman raised his concerns about materials left outside donation bins behind the Butler Municipal Building Tuesday while the council discussed adding two additional bins for The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army asked to place the new bins behind the building and while the council seemed agreeable to the bins, Councilman Bob Fox commented that the existing bins may need a closer look.
"There's always stuff hanging out of them," he said.
Borough Administrator James Lampmann said the borough has found that residents drop off materials that may not necessarily be accepted as donations by the organizations that use the bins because they are getting rid of the items. In October, the council also discussed how garbage was being dumped in the bins.
"The end of the month is the worst because somebody's moving out of an apartment and whatever they don't want comes here," he said.
Lampmann said the borough monitors the pick up schedule of the organizations that collect from the bins and that the borough can consider asking them to pick up the items more frequently. But he also noted that it is advantageous for the organizations to collect when the bins are full.
"They make the trip here, they want to make it worth it," he said.
Fox also asked if cameras could be used in the area of the bins to be able to monitor what is being dropped there, but Lampmann said power is not readily available in that area.
The council will further discuss the donation bins for The Salvation Army at the regular meeting on July 17.