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Junkyard at Woolies Gungahlin Carpark [WHINGE]

By JackW - 3 February 2008 41

Can someone please explain to me why the Charity Bins in the Woolworths carpark at Gungahlin, are ALWAYS surrounded by mountains of junk? I HAVE NEVER FOUND THEM EMPTY AND THEY ARE ALWAYS SURROUNDED BY JUNK. DISGUSTING!

Please, please please people … if you have rubbish, take it to the tip.

IF you have WORTHWHILE charitable goods, please take them directly to the charity stores – they are more than happy to take them. IF you find the hoppers full, don’t dump your crap around the bins. It can only add to the mountains of rubbish already there. What do you think happens when it rains? Do the fairies come out and secretly cover your junk so it doesn’t get wet?

Goodness gracious me people, have a heart and stop dumping crap onto an already massive pile. It is only a moron that gets rid of his or her rubbish in this manner, without having to pay the BASIC HOUSEHOLD RATE at the local Mitchell tip.

Next time you dump your crap in the wee small hours of the morning, it’ll be ME watching you from a distance with camera going. I will then be more than happy to post your details on this website for all to see!


Photo on its way, but the locals will know what I’m talking about. Apologies if this has already been discussed in another area.

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41 Responses to
Junkyard at Woolies Gungahlin Carpark [WHINGE]
VYBerlinaV8 10:45 pm 03 Feb 08

I’m not sure why you’d bother taking a hatchback to the tip – if your garbage fits in s small car, break it down and toss it in your bins over a period of a few weeks. Last time I went to the tip I had a tonne or so of clay, rocks, weeds, broken bits of wood, and some boxes. Damn I’m cool.

Jonathon Reynolds 10:33 pm 03 Feb 08

Simple solution:

– remove all donation bins from car parks and make it so that you have to drop off donations at the charitable locations (when they are open)

– give each household 2 free passes to the tip for a standard load (no more than a car and standard box trailer load equivalent). This means that there should be no reason not to be able to take “stuff” to the tip, and the few households that don’t need the service can give, offer, barter or trade their passes with neighbours that do.

– get the government to install CCTV cameras outside the charitable shopfronts (where they are on the street) so that dumping is discouraged with stiff penalties.

Holden Caulfield 10:02 pm 03 Feb 08

If only Matthew lived in Gungahlin. 😛

JackW 9:59 pm 03 Feb 08

Vic Bitterman – it’s $8 for a loaded hatchback. Not sure about sedans but I think it’s the same. I manage to fill my tiny little car (back seats down) with a mix of rubbish AND recyclable items. Total cost: $8.

If I have a couple of good recyclable items, I go straight to the recycling area. Total cost: FREE

If I have good quality clothes, I take them to the charity shops when they are open. You’ll find most of them open until about 2pm on a Saturday.

There is no excuse for dumping around already filled charity bins. There are other options.

Thanks for your comments everyone.

VYBerlinaV8 9:54 pm 03 Feb 08

A lot of the time I reckon people think the charity could, in fact, use the stuff being dropped off. We drop off clothes whenever we do a cleanout (mostly Mrs VYBerlinaV8, who seems to have many many items of clothing), and often the local charity clothing bins are full. So it sits in the boot of the car for a couple of weeks.

If charities are going to have clothing bins, then at least empty them regularly. If they’re that worried about garbage, either mount some cameras to catch images of the perpetrators and/or their vehicle IDs, or get some volunteers to sit for a few hours each evening with cameras in their car. If there were a few publicised prosecutions, I reckon the problem would go away pretty quickly. But, of course, this is considered minor crime in Canberra, and as such there are no consequences for the criminals involved.

ant 9:51 pm 03 Feb 08

I drop my clothing donations off at teh Qbn HQ of the anglican charities (badged as The Bargain Hunter and an excellent resource!), but the bins out the back are always full. And from my observation, they are full of clothes, in bags, like mine are.

I think a lot of people want to pass on their stuff and reckon it’s still useable, and expect that charities will on=sell it, make some money and help re=cycle some stuff.

So apparently some people are putting bona fide rubbish at these places (clippings, household rubbish and dead animals), but a lot of the stuff is stuff I suspect the donators believe can be made-use-of.

There’s a business opportunity there for someone.

bighead 9:12 pm 03 Feb 08

I don’t actually think the charity has to pay to drop off the rubbish as they are a non-profit organisation. I can’t confirm that though. But it still wastes their time an energy which isn’t fair.

Sammy 9:09 pm 03 Feb 08

This is a perfect example that there are plenty of people in the world who are true bastards.

I can live with people who do not donate to charity. That is a personal choice, and I respect personal choice.

People who choose to impose a cost onto a charity by dumping rubbish on them, are the lowest form of human life.

Vic Bitterman 8:49 pm 03 Feb 08

ACT govt is a big cause of this. $20 to drop off a load of rubbish at the tip? Fcuk that.

Felix the Cat 8:43 pm 03 Feb 08

They took the bins away from out the front of the Vinnies shop at Mitchell but that hasn’t stopped people dumping junk their, particularly over the weekend when they are closed. Monday morning comes and the workers have to spend 20 mins shovelling all the crap out of the way before they can get to the front door. Aussie Junk is like a 2 min drive away and open 7 days a week but for some reason people would rather dump their junk at Vinnies.

I notice the other charity in Mitchell (Koomarri?) doesn’t have bins either and now they don’t even have retail sales to the public. Same with Belconnen branch. Probably for the same reason as it is costing them too much money to get rid of the junk so it wasn’t financially viable to have a shopfront anymore.

BigDave 8:30 pm 03 Feb 08

Take the bloody bins away then and there’s an end to the problem. Duhh! If they can drive to a bin, they can drive to a charity shop.

sepi 8:26 pm 03 Feb 08

Seriously though – now that most shops have got rid of their charity bins, you never find any that aren’t already packed full. If they emptied them more often, less stuff would get wrecked from sitting in heaps next to the bins.

bighead 6:56 pm 03 Feb 08

I know someone who drives around collecting stuff from the charity bins. Most of their day is spent taking rubbish to the tip. I find it somewhat disturbing that people can be so lazy as to just dump there rubbish wherever they like.

tybreaker 5:55 pm 03 Feb 08

I’m surprised the government persists with allowing these remote collection bins. It is so easy (short drive) in Canberra to drive to the central donation facilities where staff can vett the contents before receiving them. Then the charities also don’t need to scout all the remote collection points with expensive truck services. Charity Computers in Charnwood does it quite successfully – the other charities should take note.

RuffnReady 4:31 pm 03 Feb 08

This happens all over town – it is a crying shame, and an exemplar of the “someone else’s problem” mentality that pervades modern society. Why can’t people take responsibility for their consumption and the garbage it produces?

Unfortunately, tip fees have only increased the likelihood that irresponsible members of society will dump their garbage wherever they please. These charity bins will soon be gone unless people behave more responsibly, and a valuable community service will be gone with them.

It makes me sick to the stomach.

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