Dump­ing is not do­nat­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tibballs

FAR from be­ing a sign of over­flow­ing com­mu­nity good will, piles of ‘do­nated’ goods next to char­ity do­na­tion bins are a bur­den on not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Lifeline Moss­man man­ager Wendy Jones said that goods be­ing dumped out­doors in the trop­ics of­ten needed to be taken to the tip and, if it rained, any­thing out­side went into land­fill.

“Where pos­si­ble we ask them to put the smaller items in­side the bins and not just leave them on the ground, espe­cially in the wet sea­son where it just gets dam­aged and it also gets stolen and it gets trashed,” said Ms Jones.

The bins on Mill St in Moss­man, pic­tured last Wed­nes­day (right) were sur­rounded with items, in­clud­ing bro­ken furniture and clothes draped on the fence — some­thing that wasn’t nec­es­sary.

“At the back of the Lifeline store (at 6 Front St) there’s an area they can ac­cess via a side drive­way,” Ms Jones said.

“We ask them to drop items dur­ing trad­ing hours, which is 8am to 5pm, and then we can put it away safely and it’s not left overnight. We do have a truck that comes up from Cairns once a week.

“Any large items we’re more than happy to pick up.”

Some goods left be­hind are ob­vi­ously not in­tended to be do­nated, but sim­ply dumped as rub­bish.

“Do a tip run,” said Ms Jones. “We’ve got a very stretched bud­get as a not-for­profit and, for us to pay a truck and two driv­ers to do a tip run and pay coun­cil tip fees, it’s just more of a strain on the mea­gre funds that we have.

“If it’s not saleable, please put it in the rub­bish. Take it to the tip, be­cause if you don’t want to pay, nei­ther do we.

“We will take all sorts of stuff as long as it’s in good con­di­tion and it’s saleable.”

Goods be­ing left at bins is not only a lo­cal is­sue.

Ms Jones said, in some com­mu­ni­ties, bins had to be taken away due to the amount of rub­bish.

“Ninety per cent of peo­ple do the right thing,” she said.

“Peo­ple are very gen­er­ous; we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that gen­eros­ity. It’s just the (other) peo­ple that wreck it.”

If you have large items you would like to donate, phone 4098 1535 to or­gan­ise a pickup time.

Un­der Queens­land law, it is a charge­able of­fence to dump items out­side of bins and po­lice will get in­volved.

Pic­ture: SCOTT TIBBALLS

Do­na­tion bins in Moss­man are of­ten sur­rounded by goods that have to be thrown out.

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