8 January 2014

Small reduction in charity bin dumping

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charity dumping

The ABC is claiming a small 10% drop in the amount of crap being illegally dumped on charities:

During the Christmas break there was a 10 per cent drop in the amount of waste being left at collection points under the guise of a donation.

Over the past few years several charities have removed collection bins because of the cost of rubbish disposal.

Salvation Army ACT general manager Neville Bennett says better warning signs and security cameras have paid off.

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HardBallGets8:56 am 09 Jan 14

Most of what we can see in that picture is clothes, appropriately donated in the collection bins.

What often happens next is that some other person(s) comes along and pulls all the clothes out of the bin and takes what they want, leaving a pile of stuff behind that looks like it’s been “dumped” carelessly. Whether the loot is on-sold or for personal use depends on who’s doing it.

Today at the O’Connor shops the small number of bins there resemble the picture above. Clothes donated in good faith are strewn in front of the bins, having been picked through and left in a pile.

What I’ve never been able to work out is why these dumpers don’t just dump their crap by the side of the road somewhere. Why do they bother to take it to the charity bins?

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