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Charity bins retreat to evade the dumpers scourge

By johnboy - 12 April 2012 30

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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.

[Photo by Thisisnotcharity]

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Charity bins retreat to evade the dumpers scourge
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Buckaroo_Banzai 5:51 pm
12 Apr 12
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We have a Ranger of Recycling Opportunities? Does he (or she) wear the same outfit as the rangers that give parking tickets?

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LSWCHP 7:47 pm
12 Apr 12
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I think it’s too late. The dumpers can apparently no longer be bothered soothing their consciences by dumping their crap near charity bins and pretending they’re helping the needy. I’ve seen sofas, old TV’s and boxes of junk just left by the road around various places in Belco recently.

Really, a marksman with a scoped rifle is the only answer to this nonsense.

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sepi 8:22 pm
12 Apr 12
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All this is going to do is make it harder for anyone who actually wants to donate decent clothes etc to charity. At the moment the best charity bins are the out of the way ones that are emptied daily, not the revolting clusters of rubbish in carparks like the ones at Dickson and Southlands that they are planning to keep.

Are they just ignoring the elephant in the room that is their overpriced Tip ‘Fees then? Reducing tip fees and/or offering hard rubbish days would save a fortune in clearing old rubbish from nature strips and reserves.

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thatsnotme 8:52 pm
12 Apr 12
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sepi said :

All this is going to do is make it harder for anyone who actually wants to donate decent clothes etc to charity. At the moment the best charity bins are the out of the way ones that are emptied daily, not the revolting clusters of rubbish in carparks like the ones at Dickson and Southlands that they are planning to keep.

I’d argue that the people with decent clothes and goods that they want to donate to charity will be more likely to make the effort to head directly to one of the charity stores and drop their goods to the store itself, rather than dumping them in a bin.

That’s what we do – plus we get the added bonus of a thank you with a smile when we drop stuff off. When we dropped stuff off directly to the Smith Family in Belconnen after Christmas this year, the genuine gratitude from the lady sorting stuff made the drive completely worthwhile. They’d just finished sorting out the massive pile of junk that had been dumped in and around the bins outside the store over the break, and she seemed shell shocked.

All I can say is that if you truly want to give to one of these charities, just make the effort to drop stuff of directly to one of their stores. It’s not like it’s a huge effort – just throw them in the car the next time you’re heading to one of the town centers, it doesn’t even need to be a special trip.

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Gungahlin Al 9:22 pm
12 Apr 12
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This will hardly scratch the surface of the problem of dumping around the town centres.

On the GCC Facebook page (http://facebook.com/gungahlin) one resident made the very good suggestion that charity bins be located inside the Mitchell waste transfer station, so is only accessible during open hours. The suggestion was well received and i passed it on to Katy Gallagher myself. Seems it has gone nowhere though…

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screaming banshee 10:01 pm
12 Apr 12
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Answered your own question there I think al.

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damien haas 10:09 pm
12 Apr 12
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The tip fee argument doesn’t hold water. I take a panel van load of crap to the tip and get charged 10 to 15 dollars. Just be honest – the dumpers are lazy filthy scum.

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Chip 10:26 pm
12 Apr 12
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Every month or so for several years I have taken stuff to the recycling bins in Belconnen. At first people were very good – paper in the big cage and other recyclables in the skips provided. Gradually it has become a mess – people put paper, old TVs, cans of used engine oil, etc in the skips. Won’t be long before this facility is either closed down or needs staffing. Either way we all lose and all because of a few morons.

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LSWCHP 10:29 pm
12 Apr 12
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damien haas said :

The tip fee argument doesn’t hold water. I take a panel van load of crap to the tip and get charged 10 to 15 dollars. Just be honest – the dumpers are lazy filthy scum.

Sound of nail being hit on head.

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dungfungus 10:34 pm
12 Apr 12
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This looks like an election year stunt. It creates more problems than it sets out to solve apart from closing down some locations.
I saw a well dressed lady ransacking the overflowing bins at Erindale Shops carpark yesterday. She was filling a couple of Woolies shopping trolleys with the best stuff and wheeling the loot to a top of the range wagon; obviously these discarded items had more value for her than they would have at the Salvo’s shop.
The dumping fees at the tip are a rip-off. In Albury, the council gives out 4 free dumping coupons a year to every ratepayer. Now that would be a vote winner in an ACT election year Katy, but too late now; we have enough of your hypocrisy this last few months.

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Postalgeek 10:57 pm
12 Apr 12
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LSWCHP said :

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Really, a marksman with a scoped rifle is the only answer to this nonsense.

As long as the bodies are recycled as pet and plant food. Remember, No Waste by 2012

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Brindabella 12:52 am
13 Apr 12
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I need to dispose of 6 17″ CRT computer monitors soon (and a few oldish laser printers). Does the tip still charge for dumping these? (price?) Anyone want these – they’re all in perfect working order – just don’t need them.

Taking to tip next week, but if there is a recycle for computer equipment that doesn’t charge that would be better, but otherwise a trip to the tip for me!

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screaming banshee 6:36 am
13 Apr 12
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And it shall be called ‘Project Soylent’

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BimboGeek 9:13 am
13 Apr 12
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Don’t throw out your CRT screens! Stick them on Yoink! I loved Yoink when I needed some extra furniture and stuff.

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Jim Jones 9:47 am
13 Apr 12
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People are throwing their old sh1t on the streets?

Surely this is the gummint’s fault!

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