Govt funds to stop charity bin dumping
■ 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.