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This is not charity. Dumping in Canberra

By thisisnotcharity - 28 December 2011 137

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On the afternoon of Tuesday, 28 December 2011, I went to the Southlands (Mawson) charity bins to donate some clothes to charity by placing them in the bins. Found a disgraceful mess. Ended up taking clothes home. Had camera with me, and decided to take some pics. Decided to visit other charity bins and charity stores around Canberra that afternoon.

This website is the result. http://thisisnotcharity.weebly.com/

I’m no web designer, so please don’t laugh. The images speak volumes, in more ways than one.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would get this website out there. Please post it to your Facebook account, your Twitter account, everywhere and anywhere. I give you permission to do that. I also give you permission to identify “thisisnotcharity” as the rightful owner of the pics. Mind you, if you wish, you can always take your own images, as the rubbish is there for all to see. Perhaps the mess has now been cleaned up now (a day later), but no doubt there will be other opportunities for more pics.

Thank you.

http://thisisnotcharity.weebly.com/

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137 Responses to
This is not charity. Dumping in Canberra
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nobody 5:49 pm
28 Dec 11
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I’ve read it costs all these charities a lot each year to take this type of rubbish to the dump, where the original people should have taken it in the first place. Lazy and cheap people with little respect.

This problem keeps getting raised, the possibility of fines is in place, but does any one get caught? The government could set up some security cameras in front of the stores and start catching people.

Thanks for driving around and taking these images, and placing them on your website.

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sien 5:54 pm
28 Dec 11
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I used to ride past a Salvo’s depot in Melbourne.

It was insane. Every day loads and loads of stuff would appear. It’s a pity we don’t reuse this stuff better. Perhaps a few large warehouses around the place could help.

The people who worked there actually didn’t mind, as long as you dumped it off during business hours. What they said they hated was people dropping stuff off after hours as then other people would take all the good stuff.

Another view on this is that we live for the first time in human history when we really have too much dcent stuff.

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gentoopenguin 5:56 pm
28 Dec 11
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Nothing new, unfortunately, but good on you for documenting this sea of garbage. I really don’t understand why people don’t go to the tip rather than make charities pay to remove rubbish.

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Goddess 6:01 pm
28 Dec 11
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Thanks for your efforts and, even though you say you’re not a website designer, I think you’ve done an awesome job. I agree that CCTV cameras as well as ‘dob in a dumper’ would go some way to catching the lazy, inconsiderate offenders. I for one wouldn’t like to see the charity bins removed because of this – I appreciate being able to donate good, useable clothes, books, etc.

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beejay76 6:06 pm
28 Dec 11
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It is disgraceful, isn’t it? I live up this way, and I can confidently report that there are always items lying around in front of the bins. If I have things to donate I take them directly to the Salvos in Mitchell. They inspect, take what they want, and then it’s just a short trip to the tip with the rest.

I would really like to see the govt introduce “council cleanup days” here. It recently cost me $60 to take an old tele and a computer monitor to the tip. Small wonder people dump it on the side of the road, or in this case, on a charity. Shameful.

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Macos 6:06 pm
28 Dec 11
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The items dumped at Mawson were still there at 1.30pm today.

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willo 6:32 pm
28 Dec 11
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I worked as a truck driver for one of the local charities back in the late 80’s and this problem barely existed back then, of course that was before tip fees were introduced and it has certainly gotten worse after they were and seems to be getting worse as the years roll on, I’d hate to be doing my old job these days
on a pedantic note tuesday was the 27th not the 28th

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Savanna100 6:37 pm
28 Dec 11
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Maybe this sort of thing points to tip fees being too high as well as the laziness of some people. Also, I remember growing up that charities took far more used things and didnt expect near new stuff to be donated. I’ve had my donations of quite good furniture knocked back by the Salvos in the past as they want newer stuff so they no longer get anything from me.

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Tool 7:12 pm
28 Dec 11
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The reason people dump crap is generally coz they are tight asses who refuse to pay the ridiculous prices it costs to dump in Canberra. Maybe instead of green recycling the government should look at affordable waste management, otherwise it will get worse. No excuse just reality.

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fabforty 7:43 pm
28 Dec 11
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beejay76 said :

It is disgraceful, isn’t it? I live up this way, and I can confidently report that there are always items lying around in front of the bins. If I have things to donate I take them directly to the Salvos in Mitchell. They inspect, take what they want, and then it’s just a short trip to the tip with the rest.

I would really like to see the govt introduce “council cleanup days” here. It recently cost me $60 to take an old tele and a computer monitor to the tip. Small wonder people dump it on the side of the road, or in this case, on a charity. Shameful.

+1

Time for the ACT Government to step up and assist. Just sitting back and collecting the tip fees from charities is just not good enough.

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artuoui 7:45 pm
28 Dec 11
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I share the moral indignation at those selfish morons who dump their stuff next to these things. But what is the cost-benefit ratio to the charities?

Are they making more from maintaining the bins than they lose by having to dispose of the crap that gets dumped? If so, they should accept it as a fund raising expense.

If not, or if ACT ratepayers are paying for the clean up, the bins should go. They are an eyesore in their own right, and this is only made worse by the garbage they attract by being there.

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Inappropriate 7:50 pm
28 Dec 11
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I havent been there lately, but Kippax is another popular spot for the dumpers to drop off a load too. You have to wonder who could be so cheap or lazy to not take their items to the dump, or list them on Freecycle.

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thisisnotcharity 8:40 pm
28 Dec 11
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Thank you for all your replies, and tips on where to find more rubbish.

Just updated the homepage of the website, with the correct date, thank you willo, yes, Tuesday was the 27th. Also, did some research and added some links. Seems the charities will get fee exemptions at the tip as from 1 January 2012. See the links on http://thisisnotcharity.weebly.com/

Also added some TAMS links, in particular, a list of what is regarded as acceptable and not acceptable goods, and of course, a five year old Media release about Dob in a Dumper.

I understand this issue has been on RiotACT numerous times, but I had some time to take these pics (123 of them), and it only took an afternoon to set up this website. School holidays! What can I say!

Hopefully a dumper or two will read this, view the site, and recognise the purple slipper as their own, broken guitar, disgusting mattress, Dencorub cream, or any of the other junk as their own..

Thanks all.

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Classified 8:48 pm
28 Dec 11
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gentoopenguin said :

I really don’t understand why people don’t go to the tip rather than make charities pay to remove rubbish.

Because the govco run tip is expensive and inconvenient, and dumping by charity bins is free and convenient.

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Dilandach 9:40 pm
28 Dec 11
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Hawker shops is another one (really, its anywhere the bins are where judging eyes don’t frequent) the thing is that if you go there at night, you’ll usually see a few vans of people turning up and picking through what is there. Whether the charities throw it out or not, those people picking through the stuff to take home are effectively stealing.

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