Nonprofit groups, already hobbled by cuts in government funds and donations, say a city plan to charge them for trash pick-up belongs in the dumpster.
Colleges, churches, museums, Jewish centers and other organizations are being surveyed by the city Department of Sanitation to try and determine how much trash they generate.
“This amounts to a service cut,” said Michael Stoller, executive director of the Human Services Council, a coalition of nonprofit groups. “Donations could help make it up but philanthropists want to help kids and seniors. They don’t want to pay for a garbage tax.”
The Sanitation Department announced last year it was examining a plan to charge groups in buildings that receive a property tax exemption for nonprofit use a service fee for trash collection.
“The exact amount of the fee and which institutions would be covered by the program, which would begin later this year, has not been determined,