Donation bins concerns

Common concerns about donation bins include illegal dumping, graffiti, damage, misleading signs and/or placing a donation bin on a property without permission. To report these or other concerns:

Licensing donation bins

Donation bins must be licensed by the City of Guelph. According to the City’s business licensing bylaw, the City can:

  • Remove unlicensed donation bins
  • Issue fines for unlicensed donation bins
  • Require the licensed operator to maintenance or repair the box and/or the area around it

To get a licence, donation bin/box operators need to

  • Get the property owner’s permission to place the bin
  • Meet Guelph’s zoning bylaw
  • Clearly identify who owns the bon, and indicate whether the operator is not-for-profit or for-profit organization
  • Maintain adequate insurance
  • Maintain and/or repair bins routinely
  • Demonstrate that bins will not cause safety concerns or affect pedestrian accessibility

Apply for a donation bin/box licence