Almost two years after a local resident raised with me the matter of illegal clothing bins being placed on Milton streets, I was finally able to work with Town staff to develop a bylaw that Milton Council approved earlier this spring that will effectively deal with them.
While Guru Garib Niwaj Welfare Society, the Brantford, Ontario-based charity that placed the illegal bin at 500 Laurier Avenue may be a worthy cause, although the clothes it collects are shipped offshore rather than distributed to needy Canadians, there are three significant challenges with this location:
- The property owner at 500 Laurier Avenue never gave the charity permission to place the bins on his property. The charity has not responded to his requests, his lawyer’s requests, or my requests to remove the bins;
- Some Miltonians are using the clothing bins as a dumping ground for old furniture, broken toilets and general rubbish. These materials have had to be removed at either
taxpayer expense or the property owner’s expense because of complaints by his tenants or nearby residents; and
- The bins now contravene the Town of Milton’s Community Standards Bylaw.
For those Miltonians with clothing, furniture and other items that they wish to dispose of, I recommend the following solutions instead of patronizing illegal clothing bins:
- Drop these items off at the following locations:
Salvation Army Thrift Store, 420 Main Street East
The CornerThrift.ca, 100 Nipissing Road – Unit 4
Habitat For Humanity, 700 Main St East.
What you drop off there helps your fellow Miltonians in countless ways;
- Host a garage sale and donate the proceeds to your favourite charity; or
- Take the items to Halton Waste Management Site where, for a nominal fee, you can dispose of them.