Understanding Donation Bins

On July 1, 2015, organizations operating collection receptacles ("donation bins") are subject to certain labeling requirements and must have notarized permission from property owners to place a donation bin.  The law classifies three categories for individuals or organizations operating these receptacles:  

  1. Charitable Organization that places or maintains a receptacle 
  2. Any person (for-profit business) retaining all proceeds from sale of items collected
  3. Any person who collects donated items and pays all or a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the items to a charitable organization

Individuals can now snap a photo of any donation bin in Tennessee, and post it to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag “#BinCheck” as a way to report a bin in question to the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming. Posts should also include the bin’s approximate location, including city, county and business it may be near.

The public can always contact the Division at (615) 741-2555, Charitable.Solicitations@tn.gov or go to sos.tn.gov/charitable for more information.

Information is located below regarding the language that must be placed on a sign or label designed by the organization. 

   

*Images are for informational purposes only.

 

Donation Bin Resources

Information regarding the sign or labels which must be placed on donation bins for organizations or individuals collecting items as a for-profit entity.
Information regarding the sign or labels which must be placed on donation bins for charitable organizations collecting clothing or household goods.
A listing of current organizations that have a collection receptacle (donation bin) in the State of Tennessee.
Overview of information pertaining to the rights of property owners and leaseholders
A copy of Public Chapter Number 221 (Senate Bill 1017) pertaining to donation bins.
Information regarding the sign or labels which must be placed on donation bins for organizations or individuals collecting items on behalf or in the name of a charitable organization.
Information regarding the sign or labels charitable organization must place on donation bins.
Information regarding the sign or labels charitable organization must place on donation bins.