Over the summer, it seems like literally tens of charity clothing collection boxes have appeared seemingly out of nowhere in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland. Here's a few examples within about a mile of my house:
The boxes are apparently unregulated in South Euclid, the city where I live. They're placed in walkways, drive aisles, parking areas, landscape buffers, and so on, without regard for setbacks or architectural review approval. The less-than-scrupulous Planet Aid is the most prolific, followed by the Special Olympics and other charities that deal with those who are MRDD.
I'm curious about whether your community is facing a similar invasion of charity collection boxes, and how it deals with them.
The presence of clothing collection boxes in a parking space could bring a site below the minimum number of parking spaces required for the use. (No, I'm not a fan of providing enough spaces for 500 year parking events, but some lots in inner ring suburban areas can be tight, and it's a technicality one can use to stop their proliferation.) Collection boxes might also be placed in designated drive aisles, walkways and landscaping areas where zoning or an approved site plan would not permit such intrusions.
In some ways, collection boxes look and function much like garbage dumpsters. They often overflow, too, with dumped clothing, furniture and appliances around the box. A zoning administrator could interpret that a charity clothing collection box and a dumpster should be treated similarly. The definition for "dumpster" in a zoning code could also be reworded, or perhaps the term changed to "collection containers" that describes a variety of containers for collecting trash, clothing, recyclables, paper and so on.