I am a mother of 3 on a low income and I pass by my local charity bin every Sunday and notice that there are mountains of goods left outside the bins.
Now my understanding is that anything left outside the bins is considered rubbish, cannot be sold on by the charity as it is classed as unhygenic (either because of the state of it, or because it has been rained on and just left strewn on the ground). I have been a bit of a sticky beak before and there is some really good stuff that I could use – ie baby and kids clothes. It seems a real waste that this stuff is dumped when it could be reused by those that need it.
It is my understanding that these charitys spend up to 7 million dollars a year having this stuff dumped. I want to be clear on whether it is illegal to sort through this stuff or not. I know my family could use it, and lots of other families too. I regularly buy stuff from the op shop and have donated loads myself (I take it inside the store tho!) and I have even donated my time to charity shops before when I wasn’t a full time mother of 3 but now I am finding the prices of op shops are going up and up and with the ever increasing costs of living I’m finding it hard to make ends meet even when i virtually buy everything second hand. Whats your take on this? It bugs me every time I drive past on a Sunday, especially when I drive by early Monday morning to find that its all gone – to the dump.