Mayor Rattenbury has made known the success of the charity bin trial (consolidating the bins to areas they can be better policed), and plans to extend it Territory-wide:
“The development of the Code of Practice follows a six month trial where a range of measures were tested to see if they improved the management and reduced the cost of operating charity bins. The trial was a success, with the findings forming the basis of the Code of Practice,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“Charity bins allow the community to support charities with donations of clothing, footwear and blankets, but unfortunately they also tend to attract illegal dumping. This dumping is not only unsightly, but also poses a problem for charity groups and ACT Government staff who are called on to remove it.
“The ACT Government has worked with local charity groups over the past 18 months to develop and test solutions to the problems caused by illegal dumping.
“A six-month trial where charity bins were consolidated into group centre locations showed benefits in significantly reducing the spread of illegal dumping and allowing more targeted enforcement activities, while not causing any significant decrease in the amount of usable donated items – despite the reduction in charity bins.
“The Code of Practice proposes the extension of this approach throughout Canberra with bins consolidated into larger regional areas where they can be better monitored by passers-by and also by City Rangers.
“The new Code outlines requirements for charity groups to closely manage their locations by emptying the bins and removing accumulated material within 24 hours of it being reported.”
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