Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry 9-26-2016 by Ord. No. 05-16-311.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance was originally adopted as Ch. 205 but was renumbered to maintain the alphabetical organization of the Code.

§ 115-1 Purpose.

This is a chapter amending, the Municipal Code of the Town of Coventry, Clothing Collection Bins, establishing rules, regulations and registrations of said clothing collection bins.

§ 115-2 Legislative intent.

It is the intent of this chapter to encourage the proper, transparent and community beneficial use of clothing collection bins that contribute to reducing, the amount of textile and household waste going to landfills by entities that also support charitable organizations and local economies.

§ 115-3 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DONATION DROPOFF BOX
A closed receptacle or container made of metal, wood, steel or similar material designed or intended for the collection of unwanted clothing, shoes, textiles and other household items.
PROPERTY OWNER
The person or entity having legal title to property and/or the person shown as the owner of the property on the current assessment rolls of the Town.
PROPERTY OWNER'S AGENT
Party that has express (oral or written) or implied authority through employment, by contract or apparent authority to act for the owner so as to bring the owner into contractual relationships with other parties.
PERSON IN LAWFUL POSSESSION OF PROPERTY
A person that rents or leases a property from a property owner, or a person that represents the lessee, such as a store manager, regional manager, superintendent or other person with authority from the lessee.
PERMITTEE
Any person, organization or corporation that receives a permit to operate a bin in the Town pursuant to this chapter.

§ 115-4 Fees; permit required.

A. 
Permit required; dates of issuance, expiration, response.
(1) 
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to erect, place, maintain or operate any collection bin without first obtaining a permit issued by the Town Clerk.
(2) 
A permit issued under this chapter shall be valid for one year and renewable for one-year periods thereafter.
(3) 
A permitting agency must respond to a permittee's application for a permit within 30 days and must provide adequate justification if the permit request is denied.
B. 
Fee required.
(1) 
Initial application (one-year period): $25.
(2) 
Renewal applications (one-year period): $25.
(3) 
Permit fee (one-year period): $10.
C. 
Form of application. The application for a collection bin permit shall require the following information from the permittee:
(1) 
Proof that the permittee is a registered charitable 501(c)(3) organization and information pertaining to the permittee's status with the state corporation regulatory agency; or if the permittee is a for-profit company, information pertaining to the permittee's status with the state corporation regulatory agency, such as a certificate of good standing with the state. In addition, as to all entitled, proof shall be submitted to the Town Clerk that the entity is authorized through the Rhode Island Secretary of State to conduct business in the State of Rhode Island.
(2) 
Name, address, telephone number, and name of contact person of the organization that is applying for the permit. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to keep such information updated whenever the permit holder changes its mailing address.
(3) 
Written consent from the property owner or owner's agent or person in lawful possession of the property to place the bin on the property, including name, address and telephone number of the owner or owner's agent.
D. 
Proof of permit. The Town shall provide the permittee with one permit sticker for each approved permit. Such sticker shall display the Town Seal, name of permittee, permit number and expiration date. The sticker shall be placed in a conspicuous place in front of the bin that is installed on the permitted property. The Town will provide replacement stickers for $5 should the original sticker become damaged, fall off or disappear.

§ 115-5 Location; management; maintenance.

A. 
Location Restriction. The Town shall not grant an application for a permit to place, use, or employ a collection bin if it determines that the placement of the bin could constitute a safety hazard.
B. 
Management; insurance and maintenance and requirements.
(1) 
The permittee must provide proof to the Town Clerk of a certificate of liability insurance of at least $1 million for each permitted bin.
(2) 
The permittee must maintain the aesthetic presentation of the bin, including fresh paint, readable signage and general upkeep.
(3) 
The permittee must provide the property owner or owner's agent with a telephone number for requests to respond to bin maintenance complaints.
(4) 
The permittee must maintain a telephone number that is answered by a live person and has an answering machine, and, at a minimum, return messages the next business day.
(5) 
The permittee must respond to bin maintenance complaints within 24 hours of receiving notification during regular business hours.
(6) 
Permittee must remove graffiti within 72 hours following notice of its existence.
(7) 
If a bin becomes damaged or vandalized, it shall be repaired, replaced or removed within five days of receipt of notice of such condition, unless damage is such as to constitute a danger to persons or property, in which case it shall be made safe within 24 hours of notice of such condition.
C. 
Information and label requirements. The front of every collection box shall conspicuously display the following:
(1) 
The name, address, telephone number, and, if available, the Internet web address of the owner and operator of the collection box.
(2) 
A statement, in at least two-inch typeface, that either reads, "This collection box is owned and operated by a for-profit organization," or "This collection box is owned and operated by a nonprofit organization."
(3) 
For purposes of this chapter, a commercial fundraiser shall be classified as a for-profit organization.
(4) 
If the collection box is owned by a nonprofit organization, the front of the collection box shall also conspicuously display a statement describing the charitable cause that will benefit from the donations.
(5) 
If the collection box is owned by a for-profit entity, the front of the collection box shall also conspicuously display a statement that reads "This donation is not tax deductible." If the collection box is owned and operated by a commercial fundraiser, the commercial fundraiser may post notice of donations to a charitable cause only on the sides of the box. Such notice may not be larger in font size and cover area than the for-profit entity's name and address that is posted on the box's primary area, the front, and/or shall constitute less than 25% of the notice space of the box.

§ 115-6 Violations and penalties.

A. 
In addition to any other penalties or remedies authorized by the laws of this state or Town, any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty of $100 for each violation, which includes:
(1) 
Unpermitted placement of a collection bin.
(2) 
Failure to respond to maintenance requests pursuant to this chapter.
(3) 
Failure to maintain collection bins pursuant to this chapter.
(4) 
Failure to adhere to placement and removal provisions pursuant to this chapter.
(5) 
Failure to adhere to all permit requirements pursuant to this chapter.
B. 
If a permittee is found to have willfully violated or ignored the provisions of this chapter, or is found to have perpetrated fraud regarding the operation and use of the collection bin, the permitee shall be fined and will be deemed ineligible to place, use or employ a collection bin pursuant to this chapter, and may have any or all bins removed by the Town.

§ 115-7 Enforcement.

The Municipal Court of the Town of Coventry shall have jurisdiction to enforce this chapter and to decree such relief, inclusive of fines and penalties and injunctive relief, such as to fulfill the terms of this chapter.

§ 115-8 Abandonment; notice of determination.

A. 
The Town shall have the authority to determine if a collection bin has been abandoned by its owner. Abandonment of a collection bin may be determined when contents are not regularly emptied, when contents litter the ground surrounding the bin, maintenance of the bin has not been performed, the owner fails to renew permits or renewal applications and/or other violations as described in § 115-6 of this chapter.
B. 
Upon a determination by the Town that a collection bin is abandoned, the Town shall mail a notice of the determination to the owner of the collection bin by certified and regular mail to the address set forth in § 115-4C(2) of this chapter. The notice shall be mailed to the address last provided to the Town by the owner. If no response or action is taken by the owner within 10 business days of the mailing of the notice, the Town may seek an order from the Municipal Court to relocate, reuse, recycle, or discard the collection bin.