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What the salvos do with charity bin dumpings

By johnboy 11 February 2011 29

salvos truck

Damien Haas has sent this one in after unloading his packed panel van at the tip for a princely $10.

Apparently two men and the truck were needed to offload all the crap.

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thatsnotme 10:53 pm 02 Sep 11

+1 to just getting rid of the bins, and forcing people to drop stuff off at the stores. The bins at Kippax have turned into an unofficial tip as far as I can see. Seriously – as of tonight, there was an old TV outside of one (would anyone who honestly thought someone could use it leave it out to be rained on??), right alongside numerous bags and boxes of crap, and some old smashed up plastic clothes baskets. Not just a bit broken, but totally trashed.

Only a week or so ago, I was down there when a truck was picking up all the stuff that had been dumped – not the one pictured, but I’m sure it went straight to the tip too. Even something that was actually valuable is going to be useless after a week or two left out in the elements. Since then, the junk has accumulated again…so the charities will be forced to pay for someone to collect it and dispose of it all again soon.

I think these charities need to make a call and decide whether they’re after quality, or quantity. Sure, by removing the bins, they may end up with a reduction in the quantity of donated goods, but they may end up being ahead when they no longer need to pay for someone to collect and dump all the rubbish.

Henry82 10:37 pm 02 Sep 11

Farmer said :

i haven’t got one good word to say about them

why? because your sister in law doesnt want a trip to the dump? They said “no thankyou” because nobody is going to buy it. If it’s so “good”, you should be able to give it to a friend. Get over it.

I-filed 10:27 pm 02 Sep 11

Farmer said :

well here is a story my sister in law lives in Melbourne she phoned the Salvos and asked them if they wanted a nearly perfect lounge sweet the low pricks said can you bring it down she said no she hasn’t got a trailer, so they come up looked at it and other stuff and they said no thank you if it had of been leather we would have taken it but velour doesn’t sell well. i haven’t got one good word to say about them

Yep – it wastes the Salvos’ time when people tell them they have good second stuff and it turns out to be cr*p and the people concerned are just trying to save a trip to the dump.

CLooey 10:22 pm 02 Sep 11

Anna Key said :

At my local shops, people don’t even seemed too shy about dumping crap around the bins. Maybe I should start taking the camera and loading up a few shots

Yes I agree! Do a name and shame until people start to smarten up. The lazy creeps who dump off their crap instead of disposing of it properly should also get fined.

Farmer 9:55 pm 02 Sep 11

well here is a story my sister in law lives in Melbourne she phoned the Salvos and asked them if they wanted a nearly perfect lounge sweet the low pricks said can you bring it down she said no she hasn’t got a trailer, so they come up looked at it and other stuff and they said no thank you if it had of been leather we would have taken it but velour doesn’t sell well. i haven’t got one good word to say about them

cleo 12:24 am 04 Mar 11

Salvos often get too much stuff, so they dump which it, can be good things, my suggestion is to donate to a church group along Forbes Street Turner, they are near The Northbourne flats, only on a Monday, they donate free to people, I often donate there as I know they appreciate it.

BlackIce 8:54 pm 17 Feb 11

ML-585 said :

Davo111 said :

What would be interesting is if there was a law against placing rubbish around those bins, supported by a *huge* fine. It might be an incentive not to dump crap out there.

Define *huge*. There already is a law against placing rubbish around charity bins (it’s called littering). Refer here: http://www.tams.act.gov.au/live/recycling-waste/options/recycling_reusable_items/charities

I wonder how often the $5000 fine is imposed? Forget more fixed speed cameras; charity bin cameras seem the way to go!

But seriously, I long for the council cleanups that used to happen when we lived in Sydney. Four cleanups a year were included in the annual domestic waste management levey on your rates.

Nightshade 6:33 pm 17 Feb 11

The Salvos are really pushing this issue at the moment. There was an article about it in the City News a few weeks ago, and one in this week’s Northside Chronicle. I would be more sympathetic if the accompanying photograph didn’t show a pair of grim-faced Salvos staff sitting on top of a pile of perfectly reasonable looking things, described in the caption as “garbage”. I am doing some decluttering and was thinking of donating (properly) to the Salvos, but given they are so quick to send things to the tip, I think I’ll choose someone else or stick to Freecycle!

Davo111 5:39 pm 13 Feb 11

JustThinking said :

How do you define????
Salvo’s needs to define what is trash and what isn’t.

mmmm i get what you mean. They have some guidelines on the bin (no mattresses, no furniture etc), but imho, if it doesnt fit in the bin, it shouldnt be left next to it on the ground. It gets picked over by the public, and gets rained on – making it unsuitable for sale.

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