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The Grubs of Gunghetto

By johnboy - 7 January 2011 57

Charity bin dumping in Gungahlin

On New Year’s Eve we took a look at the charity bin dumping of West Belconnen.

Damien Haas has sent in these above pictures showing the Gunghettes refuse to be outdone.

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So what’s the solution? A concerted campaign to catch a few dumpers, put them in stocks in Civic Square and invite the public to build contraptions suitable to hurl the detritus back at them?

Or should we accept that trying to use tip fees to encourage recycling is counter-productive?

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The Grubs of Gunghetto
Thumper 11:04 am 07 Jan 11

Some people are just lazy, inconsiderate arseholes

This, of course, is also undoubtably true.

Erg0 10:57 am 07 Jan 11

This could be revealing my naivete, but isn’t it normal to have to pay to use the tip? I’m pretty sure we had to pay in Perth when I was a kid, but I haven’t needed to go to the tip for ages.

Jim Jones 10:52 am 07 Jan 11

Agree with schmeah, amarooresident3 and others – fees have nothing to do with it.

nanzan 10:47 am 07 Jan 11

The irony here of course is that these charity bins are located diagonally opposite the around-the-clock staffed Gungahlin Police Station – visible in the background in the photos!

Also, not a good look for the recently opened Abode Apartment Hotel – directly opposite this car park – and also visible in the photos.

amarooresident3 10:43 am 07 Jan 11

Fees might be part of the issue, but this was a problem long before fees were introduced. Some people are just lazy, inconsiderate arseholes.

Diggety 10:39 am 07 Jan 11

4th option: More charity bins & more volunteers to sort donations.

Thumper 10:39 am 07 Jan 11

I sympathise with the dumpers here. Call me a rebel but I hold an old-fashioned view that we pay our rates which include the operation of a suitable tip for the inevitable excess possessions we end up with in this consumerist society. To have tip fees foisted on us on top of rates is seen by many as an unfair impost, and sadly the above examples are the result

I agree with the troll finder general.

mp2615 10:36 am 07 Jan 11

I’m inclined to agree with #4. It’s not like this doesn’t happen every year. It would be great if people could sort their stuff and dispose all of it appropriately. So maybe the charities could remove the bins for two weeks, or maybe the tips could be f.o.c. for two weeks. And yes, we could have a better pickup service, apologies for going offpost, and bring back the Ainslie transer station

schmeah 10:28 am 07 Jan 11

No Troll – Sniffer, remove the tip fees, and the dumpers will still leave rubbish at every bin in town. I think the fees are a small part of dumping, the real reason behind it is selfishness, laziness and a common disregard for others.

Sure, the bins should be cleaned up at no expense to the charity, but anti – dumping laws should actually be enforced.

Erg0 10:26 am 07 Jan 11

Yeah, fight the power. Maybe if these noble protesters want to make their voices heard they should think about dumping their crap on government land instead of making charities pay to have it taken away.

Orrrrr… they could just be selfish twats looking for grounds to delude themselves into believing they’re doing the right thing.

cmdwedge 10:23 am 07 Jan 11

ACT Govt should put high-res cameras on nearby shops / light poles / etc as most dumpers drive their vehicles directly to the bins. Get the rego plates, issue fines, problem goes away.

troll-sniffer 10:17 am 07 Jan 11

I sympathise with the dumpers here. Call me a rebel but I hold an old-fashioned view that we pay our rates which include the operation of a suitable tip for the inevitable excess possessions we end up with in this consumerist society. To have tip fees foisted on us on top of rates is seen by many as an unfair impost, and sadly the above examples are the result.

Remove the tip fees and a lot of this sort of dumping will go away. No amount of tsk tsking or preaching or standing on a soapbox or riding a white horse of righteousness will change the dumpers’ mindset, they feel aggrieved and are simply playing the payback game.

Personally I believe the guvmnt should roster a couple of teams to go around to the shopping centres and clean up anything not in a bin on Monday mornings, the hit on the territory budget wouldn’t be great and the charities would be left alone to do what they do best… look after the contents of their bins.

LSWCHP 10:14 am 07 Jan 11

The bins outside Kaleen Plaza are the same. Just piles of garbage, old TVs etc. I grind my teeth every time I walk past them. I can’t fathom what is going through the minds (if they have any) of the people who do this. Surely they can’t honestly believe that they are making a contribution to charity, so how do they rationalise what they are doing?

schmeah 10:05 am 07 Jan 11

argh! Dumpers, save some money by not pissing it against a wall and go to the dump, and no more shall I have to witness the human crap, including VB cans in the thousands and dirty nappies (plus real human turd) that one such dumper left in Calwell one morning.

MsCheeky 10:03 am 07 Jan 11

This really infuriates me. The charity bins at the Jerrabomberra shops get in the same state regularly, and I think others just about anywhere you care to mention. Why can’t people get it through their thick skulls that what they’re doing is creating a huge burden for the charities? Yes, there’s tip fees, but in Jerra, the council will come around twice a year and clear stuff from your nature strip at no charge. You even get to book the week you want them to come. So what excuse is there? Probably needless to say, I vote for the stocks and filth flinging. And if I see morons contributing to this mess, I’ll confront them and shame them.

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