Red collection bins are out of Quincy

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Every good story has a beginning, middle and an end.

A couple of months ago, we told you that some people were upset about red donation bins placed around Quincy.

Because of that, the city asked the owners, U'SAgain (pronounced Use Again) to get the bins out of town.

All 17 bins now are gone, but that doesn't mean this story is over.

Look around Quincy for these red collection bins, and you won't find any. A few weeks ago, U'SAgain started moving the bins out of town. The last ones were picked up Monday.

"I think it's really a pity because a few people have complained to run us out of town in this way. We have collected hundreds of thousands of pounds of clothes in Quincy. That's because people want convenient solutions to discard of their used clothing," says Mattias Wallander, CEO of U'SAgain.

Mattias Wallander with U'SAgain tells KHQA the company respects the city's decision, but the company wants to come back to town.

"They got the cart in front of the horse. They came in with a couple of boxes. Most people assumed the boxes were attached to social service agencies, or maybe the Salvation Army. When they started to pop up everywhere, we realized they hadn't followed any of the rules," says Mayor John Spring.

The city has decided to back off a little bit, and at least allow U'SAgain to apply for the proper permits.

"Their attorney to our attorney, and I think they indicated to you that they have a desire to come into the Quincy community, this time doing it the right way. It's yet to be seen if they will," says Spring.

Or if the city's Plan Commission will issue the proper permit. You may remember, a lot of the consternation surrounding the boxes was because U'SAgain is a for-profit company, and it was not supporting the local community. Mattias Wallander says the Children's Miracle Network recently was sent a check equalling two cents for every pound of clothing U'SAgain collected in Quincy.

"I would encourage people who think this has been a good service to speak out and let the city know that this is the kind of service you would like to see," says Wallander.

So as the story goes, call it an end to this chapter, but don't close the book on this subject just yet.

You may also remember the Salvation Army told us its donations to its thrift store had gone down since the boxes arrived.

KHQA checked with Major Alan Wurtz this afternoon, he told me donations to the store are back up.

Some of the credit goes to the bins being removed, and some goes to the weather.

Spring cleaning season usually brings in more donations.

"The Salvation Army is grateful for the support it gets through our thrift store. Knowing those donations stay local and help our local economy. It helps people in crisis that stay in our shelter. Those funds generated through the thrift store help offset the cost of our shelter for people who are homeless," says Major Wurtz.

Major Wurtz says he has never had a problem with competition, he was just upset U'SAgain was here illegally.

He says due process is the American Way, and if U'SAgain is brought back into town, he hopes people remember the money made from the Salvation Army stays local.