FORT MYERS, Fla.-Christopher Dunham unloaded bags of clothes from his car. He said, "I was under the impression that these bins take them and give them to the people who need them."
Dunham was wrong and shocked to find out where his clothes would really end up! In very small print, on the top of the bins, it states all of these items will be recycled for a profit and nothing goes to charity
"I will not leave them here now. I will be taking them with me to go somewhere else," said Dunham.
That's exactly what he did. Others also turned their cars around when they realized the donations would be recycled.
Lanie Covey said, "Talk about small print! I am really sorry to hear this especially since we have donated things two weeks ago right into these bins. I hope they enjoy their profits."
Meantime, Goodwill of Southwest Florida is concerned because they said the bins are popping up more frequently.
Kirsten Britt O'Donnell is with Goodwill. "We have not seen a huge decrease in donations as a result of these bins, but based on what happened in Palm Beach County, the bins started popping up there a year and a half ago, and within a year they saw a 20 percent decline in number of donations they were getting."
Charter Recycling Corporation own the bins. We called them three times today. but each time our calls went straight to voicemail. At the end of the day, they had not called us back.