Lincoln Council Approves Ordinance for Clothing Donation Huts

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The Lincoln city council has approved a new ordinance that will require all outdoor clothing donations boxes to list the names of every company or organization that receives money or clothing from the donations.

The new ordinance is part of an ongoing battle after it was discovered two years ago that some of these bins were owned by for-profit company, Linc-Drop Inc., that would make money off of these items. Only a small portion of the donations were going to local charities.

It was something that Lincoln City Council Members felt created an injustice.

That led to the city council proposing an ordinance that would require companies to donate at least 80 percent of the items in these bins to local charities.

However a U.S. District Judge ruled against the ordinance, on grounds of the Company's First Amendment Rights.