Govt funds to stop char­ity bin dump­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ The Kar­ratha Sal­va­tion Army Cap­tain has wel­comed the State Gov­ern­ment’s new pi­lot pro­gram to pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port to char­i­ties that im­ple­ment mea­sures to re­duce illegal dump­ing at their premises.

To take ef­fect from next year, the Bet­ter Prac­tice Pro­gram for Char­i­ta­ble Re­cy­clers will in­clude grants for char­i­ties to im­ple­ment ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives and sig­nage to dis­cour­age illegal dump­ing.

Re­bates will also be avail­able to par­tic­i­pat­ing char­i­ta­ble re­cy­clers for the cost of dis­pos­ing waste at land­fill sites.

Ear­lier this year, the Kar­ratha Sal­va­tion Army faced an in­crease in the dump­ing of un­saleable goods at lo­cal do­na­tion bins, in­clud­ing bro­ken fur­ni­ture and elec­tron­ics.

Cap­tain Niall Gib­son said, in his ex­pe­ri­ence, be­tween 50-80 per cent of the goods re­ceived were rub­bish.

He said any ex­tra help to re­duce illegal dump­ing at their premises would be worth con­sid­er­ing.

“We have had con­tin­ued trou­ble with peo­ple il­le­gally dump­ing,” he said.

“It takes ex­tra time, ex­tra ef­fort and ex­tra money to work through this on­go­ing prob­lem; time, ef­fort and money that could be put to­wards much bet­ter out­comes.

“Peo­ple can help to re­duce costs to char­i­ties by avoid­ing do­nat­ing any­thing that is bro­ken, dam­aged, torn, ripped, stained or faulty.”

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said illegal dump­ing at char­ity bins was a sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial bur­den for not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions. “Most peo­ple do the right thing but the illegal dump­ing of un­wanted goods at char­i­ta­ble premises is a sig­nif­i­cant and grow­ing prob­lem,” he said.

“When peo­ple thought­lessly dump their dam­aged or un­wanted goods at char­ity bins and stores, the char­ity is then left to cover the costs of han­dling and dis­posal.”

The Waste Au­thor­ity is lead­ing dis­cus­sions on the ini­tia­tive with char­i­ta­ble re­cy­clers in­clud­ing the Sal­va­tion Army, Red Cross, Good Sa­mar­i­tan In­dus­tries, Angli­care WA and St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety (WA).

The pro­gram will be com­ple­mented by the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment Reg­u­la­tion’s Illegal Dump­ing Team.

To re­port illegal dump­ing, please call the pol­lu­tion watch hot­line on 1300 784 782.

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