The Grubs of Gunghetto

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.

more dumping

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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57 Responses to The Grubs of Gunghetto
m_ratt m_ratt 6:42 pm 15 Jan 11

Shame on the owner of YGU 775 (decent looking poo yellow Ford Falcon) (woman with kids) that I saw adding to the pile this morning as I was being driven past.

nicnacvb nicnacvb 1:29 pm 10 Jan 11

More people need to take advantage of the wonderful thing called AllClassifieds. Its FREE to advertise (and no, I am not affiliated with them).

When ever I have something I no longer need I place an ad (often in the freebies) and its gone in a few days.

I have moved on old CRT TV’s, a boxing bag and even a water damaged (but brand new) foam mattress this way. It’s not that hard!!!

Lillypilly Lillypilly 11:56 am 10 Jan 11

1) Get rid of the bins.
2) Do charity days at the tip instead – rotate it between the bin charities, get people to come to the tip. Then what can and can’t be used by the charities can be sorted then and there

When they do free electronics/computer dump days, Canberrans are all over that. Why not then for dumping other goods for charity?

Vegemite Vegemite 9:03 am 10 Jan 11

It isn’t only at the town centre people are dumping their crap. On a walk with the pooch last week we came across an empty block of land in Franklin that has become a dumping ground far worse than the charity bins. The sight of used ladies sanitary goods was enough to make me dry reach…… I have reported it on the “fix my street” thing however it is kind of disheartening that our society resorts to this.

Clown Killer Clown Killer 11:20 am 09 Jan 11

I’d rather see roaming bands of angry villagers armed with pitchforks and flaming torches.


Mr Evil Mr Evil 6:17 pm 08 Jan 11

What I find interesting is that the sort of turds who dump this rubbish outside charity bins, are probably also the sort of people who use charities from time to time when they’re in ‘need’.

Tooks Tooks 10:06 am 08 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, but this doesn’t give me – or anyone else – the right to act like a complete cretin and dump all my shit at a charity bin. The cost to these charities for getting rid of this rubbish is huge.

As mentioned elsewhere, you could abolish tip fees altogether and you’d still get a percentage of imbeciles dumping their rubbish like this.

cleo cleo 2:32 am 08 Jan 11

Maybe this government should reconsider what QYN does, and leave unwanted items out the front of their houses, and the government pick it up.

spinact spinact 8:16 pm 07 Jan 11

The problem is that some people are just lazy. I’ve seen someone dump rubbish in a clearly marked recycling bin because they couldn’t be bothered walking an extra 2 metres to the rubbish bin. If recycling and charity facilities are not convenient, most people won’t use them.

toriness toriness 7:36 pm 07 Jan 11

wah wah wah exorbitant rates i pay should be used for a merry-go-round right outside my front house so i don’t have to pay for the rides on the one in civic. oh sorry about that little outburst – my dummy fell out.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 7:06 pm 07 Jan 11

This isn’t a new problem, it’s been happening for years. Surely it isn’t cost effective for charities to spend all the time and effort to collect all the “donations” and then dispose of the rubbish (which I’m guessing would make up the greater % of what is collected). The charities are always complaining about the amount of money it costs them to dump all the rubbish – easy solution, scrap the bins. Or, as someone suggested, have bins inside shopping centres where they are under the gaze of Centre Management as well as the general public so there shouldn’t be any junk (none on the outside anyway…).

JustThinking JustThinking 6:24 pm 07 Jan 11

I’m not sure how all the ‘charities’ work now but a couple of years ago I had a brand new queensize ensemble (still in plastic) that I didn’t need. Rang one ‘charity’ and was told “yeah they’d take it” Would just cost ME $50 for them to pick it up!!!!
Rang a few others and none were interested. Finally contacted another who said they’d pick it up any time that suited me. Went in a few days later they had $200 on it.

The charity bin dumping will be a never ending issue until they remove them. Then I guess the park bins etc will cop it.

Thumper Thumper 5:32 pm 07 Jan 11

Have a camera after hours that records dumpers. Can’t be that hard can it?

I’d rather see roaming bands of angry villagers armed with pitchforks and flaming torches.

Primal Primal 5:26 pm 07 Jan 11

Second-Hand Sunday is a poor substitute for a serious hard waste collection… worse still, there hasn’t even been one of those since March last year!

One can only hope their absence is due to the govt working to soften up the Greens and get them to agree to a proper cleanup.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 5:13 pm 07 Jan 11

I agree with the comment “charities turn away plenty of ‘good-ish’ stuff that clearly isnt beyond re-use”. We had a piece rejected for nothing more than a sticky drawer, surely fixable. Later I saw the girl on Better Homes and Gardens purchase something in far worse condition from the very same charity (different branch obviously) and jazz it up for a room makeover. Just a vague idea, make the charities give up on the bins AND on the frustrating pick-up service (“we’re booked out for ages… we need to know exactly how much you’ve got… no, we can’t tell you when we’ll be there, just leave it outside… what if it rains? Don’t worry about it”). Instead they could get together and run a really big warehouse with sufficient space for everything from “as new” to “needs minor repairs” to “only good for spare parts or raw materials”. Combined they could offer a frequent reliable pick-up service, so when you have something one phonecall sorts it, not multiple calls to find out who takes exactly what and when can they come. If I felt like my donation would remain in the same condition as when I gave it (not rained on, soiled by other donations of a questionable nature, damaged by staff) and there was a good chance someone who could use it would get to see it, whether they want something nice for the house or cheap and sturdy for the garage or full of potential for their creative urges, I would be more inclined to donate. Lately it’s gotten too hard and if in doubt throw it out is wasteful and costs to do properly but ultimately seems more efficient and much less of a headache. On the occasions when I have left something in a donation bin I have truly wondered whether it was even found under the trash or did it end up being thrown out anyway.
“No more waste by 2010”, what hope was there when even the pubic servants didn’t know about it. I rang to clarify where to dispose of something and didn’t get any further than I had done on the website, and when I commented that we didn’t seem to be on track to achieve “no waste by 2010” he needed an explanation of what I was referring to and then he insisted I must be thinking of a Federal program because it certainly wasn’t a local program.
IMO the whole thing needs to be rethought, including the availability of cheap new items that seem almost designed to turn into rubbish within a short space of time. Our first (fabric) lounge suite lasted over twenty years and leather was something only older richer folks aspired to and then they took care of it like an heirloom piece, our first vcr was a luxury we put off buying until we were ready. Now you can buy fake leather on a whim and dvd players in the supermarket. Add in people’s lack of consideration for others and no wonder we’re drowning in garbage.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 3:57 pm 07 Jan 11

Get rid of the bins or have all the charities congretate their bins in some sort of collection centre where a person is present during operating hours and can say yay or nay to goods being presented.

Have a camera after hours that records dumpers. Can’t be that hard can it?

adsman adsman 3:42 pm 07 Jan 11

Perhaps recycling bins should be emptied weekly instead of fortnightly? We fill our recycling bin up more than our rubbish bin, and if recycling was changed to weekly maybe this would help allieviate this problem?

I don’t believe in scrapping tip fee’s, this is just an excuse made by these bogans and their apologists to justify their dumping. Simple solution, move the bogans on somewhere else!

pptvb pptvb 3:26 pm 07 Jan 11

A lot of of this stuff will disappear overnight, re-appearing in the morning as new fixtures in some Charnlop dwellings

JessP JessP 3:02 pm 07 Jan 11

Two issues here:

1. People who leave usefull worthwhile stuff and actually put in in the Collection bins for the charity.

From this we have the scum who retreive it from the bins and go through it looking for….whatever. Basically stealing from the charities. Creates rubbish and mess at the sites and causes the Charity pain because they have to clean the mess and they lose the opportunity to sell the donated stuff and make some $$.

2. Worthless indivduals who dump crap at the bins because they are too lazy to go to the dump or whatever. Also creates rubbish and mess at the sites and causes the Charity pain because they have to clean the mess.

I suggest a 2 point plan – surveilance cameras to catch the low lifes going through bins (and stealing) or dumping rusbbish at the bins and have the ACT govt clean up the mess instead of imposing the cost and work on the charities.

rosscoact rosscoact 2:59 pm 07 Jan 11

As someone ho has actually lived outside canberra, tip fees here are cheap as chips. went to a transfer station in Melbourne a few weeks ago and paid $40 for a ute load that I would pay $10 here.

There is no excuse for the pigs that dump their crap on the street. Get rid of the bins and the prople who want to dump their clothes will go to the charity shops. The grubs will just scatter it elsewhere.

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