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LITH approves new collection bin rules

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Collection bins in town now can be operated by both nonprofit and for-profit entities after action taken by the Village Board on Thursday.

The new collection bin rules go into effect Jan. 1 and will allow staff to notify owners and operators of the licensing rules, according to a memo from Community Development Director Dan Olson.

The bins are for collecting only clothing, shoes, books, small household items or other salvageable personal property.

The village also will collect a $25-a-year licensing fee per bin. The rules also specify that only one operator of bins is allowed per lot.

Bins will be allowed in most business districts, at the airport and at institutional buildings.

Under the new rules, bins cannot be on vacant properties, cannot be on required parking spaces and cannot be in a required front yard or within 10 feet of a lot line. Bins cannot obstruct motorists’ sights, cannot leave less than 5 feet in width for pedestrians and cannot contain advertising of other entities.       

No more than three collection bins would be allowed on lots less than two acres in size, and no more than four bins would be allowed on lots greater than two acres.

Bins cannot exceed 7 feet in height and 25 square feet in area. They also have to be located on a paved surface. The bins need to have contact information on them.       

In recent years, the village has seen an increase in the number of donation collection bins placed in the community. Previously, the bins had to be for nonprofit entities. However, for-profit companies recently have been placing bins around the village.

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