Tom Quirk

Planet Aid sues Baltimore County over collection bin ordinance

Planet Aid sues Baltimore County over collection bin ordinance

Planet Aid, whose yellow clothing-collection bins are found around the region, is suing Baltimore County in federal court over regulations approved by the County Council this summer.

The new rules require permits for charity collections bins and spell out where they can be placed. But Planet Aid, which collects used clothing and shoes, says code enforcement officers started citing bins before the regulations took effect — and gave no opportunity to obtain permits.

“The County does not have application forms or a permitting process in place,” an attorney for the organization wrote last month to County Attorney Mike Field after Planet Aid representatives tried to apply for...