The Waxahachie City Council unanimously approved a request for a specific use permit for a clothing recycling bin for Central Presbyterian Church at its Monday, Oct. 4, meeting. Proceeds from bin collections go to aid the church’s outreach program.
Patty Dickerson, Central Presbyterian Church ruling elder, presented the item for consideration. The clothing donation bin has been on the church’s property since 2014.
“We are in partnership with a company in Dallas that takes recycled clothes and makes a type of denim out of them that people use for garments and shoes and different things,” Dickerson said. “We have had some issues of people leaving boxes and bags of clothes all around the bin when it was full. The company picks it up once a week on Thursdays. Recently, we have gotten that second bin (and) that has alleviated the problem. We have made a commitment to make sure that area is kept clean.”
Dickerson said people have been dumping items next to the bins such as paint, carpet, and couches, and if that continues, the church will return the bins to the company.
At its Aug. 16 meeting, the Waxahachie City Council had denied a request for a specific use permit for a clothing donation bin for Archer Recycling Inc., which is owned by Crowley resident Jaclyn Archer, a franchisee of The Clothes Bin.
Like Dickerson’s request, the clothes collected through the bins support a for-profit company. However, Central Presbyterian Church receives $0.003 per pound from the donations collected, which totals about $100-$120 per month unlike The Clothes Bin. The Clothes Bin had agreements with property owners at locations on U.S. Highway 287 Business and Brown Street, but no formal approval from the city. The church’s bins are on its own property.
Dickerson said the funds generated go into the church’s mission budget and are directed toward helping students, staff, and teachers at Marvin Elementary School.
“They are our neighbors and come to our park every Friday and play,” Dickerson said. “We take breakfast to the teachers every so often. We make snacks for the kids that don’t have any at home on the weekends. We recently did a notebook paper drive and collected 350 packages of notebook paper. We use that money pretty much for our mission work with Marvin. Then if there is any left over, it is used for our other mission work. We are making a commitment, if we cannot keep that area clean, we will close that down.”