It seems like neighbors are pretty eager to use that new for-profit clothing donation bin on Westminster and Foster, judging by the scene we caught today. It’s nice that folks want to donate (even if the the inadequate “for-profit” markings on these bins means they don’t realize to whom they’re donating), but the previously-pointed out overall lack of bins must make it less than attractive for bag-luggers to carry their stuff to a proper place instead of just leaving it on the street.
Between the shady labels and the lack of space as compared to the amount of stuff being donated, it seems pretty obvious that we could use more viable donation options around Ditmas Park. Has anyone checked out the re-fashioNYC program, where you can apply for a free donation bin in your apartment building or business?
In addition to re-fashioNYC, here are some alternatives neighbors have suggested:
- Recycling textiles from 8am-2pm Sundays at the Cortelyou Greenmarket (Cortelyou Rd. between Argyle and Rugby Rds)
- Taking linens to Sean Casey Animal Rescue (153 E 3rd St. between Caton Ave. and Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 718-436-5163)
- Posting to the Flatbush Family Network
- Scheduling a pick-up with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (718-529-7825)
- Dropping off at Housing Works (266 5th Ave. at Garfield Pl. in Park Slope, 718-636-2271)
- Dropping off at Goodwill (1102 Fulton St. between Franklin and Classon Aves in Bed Stuy, 718-789-0856)
- Using bins at the former C-Town/now Ideal Supermarket (710 Coney Island Ave. between Ave. C and Cortelyou Rd.)
A representative for Viltex told us donations are scheduled to be picked up tomorrow. If you have any questions about an overflowing bin, call 1-877-5VILTEX (1-877-584-5839).