Chief Minister Gallagher has annnounced her government is running up the white flag against charity bin dumpers and making strategic withdrawal:
“Since the last roundtable in January consultation has taken place with charity groups. Today’s roundtable agreed that a pilot program will be undertaken.
“This will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the options to address the problem of illegal dumping. The pilot program will include:
– Limiting the number of charity bins to major town and group centres (Belconnen, City, Dickson, Gungahlin, Mawson, Weston, Woden and Tuggeranong)
– placing a limit on charity bins at any centre; these are to be located in clusters to reduce the impact on visual amenity and enable easier monitoring
– introducing a code of practice for those organisations who wish to place charity bins around the ACT
– undertaking a media campaign to highlight that charity bins are only for clothing, footwear and blankets and encouraging the community to dispose of unwanted goods through the ranger of recycling opportunities available in Canberra such as local Resource Management Centres; and
– TAMS and the charity organisations working together to update their websites to highlight the types of goods they are seeking.
The Chief Minister said it was also recognised that blitzes on illegal dumping will need to be undertaken at key times and locations throughout the year.
We note in passing the withdrawal of services from the periphery is generally seen as a very unhealthy sign for a civilisation.