HAMMOND | The Hammond City Council approved new regulations on donation bins in the city at its final meeting of the year.
City Councilwoman Janet Venecz, D-at large, told her fellow council members she's received calls from residents, particularly in the Robertsdale area, on issues with debris cluttering outside the bins.
The ordinance makes the owner of the property where the bin is responsible for maintaining and cleaning litter around the donation boxes on their site. Failure to do so could result in a fine.
“It seems like they are popping up all over the city,” Venecz said. “The problem that we have is not with the drop boxes. The problem that we have is with people who deposit their generous donations in the drop boxes, and if the drop box is full, they set them outside of the box and people go through those and leave a mess in the street.”
The City Council passed the ordinance unanimously.
The ordinance also requires a copy of written permission of the property owner to be placed on the bin, along with contact information for the bin's owner and the property owner.
"It's one way that we can make the property owner responsible for the business that they are doing with the company who owns the drop box," Venecz said.
City Councilman Anthony Higgs, D-3rd, said he's noticed problems in his district and agreed something needed to be done to fix the issue.
“I have witnessed people leaving debris and clothes and TVs throughout my district instead of putting the materials into the disposable container,” Higgs said.