Donation Bin Information

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Know Your Rights As a Property Owner

Charitable or for-profit organizations may ask to put a donation bin or recycling container on your property.

You have the right as a property owner to permit or deny the placement of containers on your private property. If a person or entity places a bin on your property without authorization, you have the legal right to address the unauthorized placement of the bin(s). In general, bins or containers placed on private property are a civil matter handled between you, as the property owner, and the owner or operator of the bin or container.

The city of Aurora would be involved in bin/container removal only when (a) they are placed on property owned by the city, or (b) the bin itself constitutes debris and notice has been issued to you, as the property owner, and you have failed to comply. The city does not issue notice to bin/ container owners.


  • Bins must be well maintained. This includes keeping the area around the containers free from debris and discarded or unenclosed items.
  • Property owners are responsible for these maintenance requirements.


  • City’s streets and roadways, including alleys (to report a violation, contact Access Aurora at 303.739.7000 or
  • Public property, such as city parking lots, parks and facilities, without prior city approval
  • Private property in required off-street parking areas
  • Fire lanes or emergency egress areas
  • Undeveloped or unoccupied properties


  • Obtain property owner consent prior to placing containers
  • Maintain areas near and around bins free from loose and discarded items and debris
  • Immediately remove graffiti and repair/replace damaged containers
  • Frequently retrieve materials

Note: This information is not legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding bins and containers, please contact an attorney directly.

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