Ill will towards charity
Doing it tough: charities and residents speak out against theft and vandalism of goodwill bins.
HEARTLESS thieves have been stealing from charity bins and trashing what they do not want, costing charities hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The Good Samaritan and St Vincent de Paul bins on the corner of Monash Avenue and Murray Street in Como have become such a problem that South Perth council is considering removing them.
According to Debbie Cameron, divisional manager of commercial operations for Good Samaritan Industries, theft, vandalism and illegal dumping cost the charity more than money.
“In terms of dumping, in the last financial year we incurred more than $200,000 in costs disposing of other people’s rubbish, money that has to be diverted away from our mission-related activities,” Ms Cameron said.
“Items have been donated to the charity in good faith from residents and it’s just poor form to steal from a charity.”
Carl Prowse, executive manager social enterprise at St Vincent de Paul, said it was incredibly disappointing that a few people’s thoughtless actions could affect so many.
“Vinnies supported over 38,000 people in WA last year, of which many would have re- ceived items donated through our collection bins,” Mr Prowse said.
“The impact for us, like other charities, is a drain on financial and human resources, which are directed away from our core work of providing help to people in need in Western Australia.
“Genuine people donate in good faith with the belief that they are helping people in the community who are doing it tough.”
Both charities have increased pick-ups and security measures in a bid to stop theft, including reducing chute sizes and improving locking mechanisms, costing them more money.
Como resident Jan Semple said she had seen the results of the vandalism and theft for years and most recently, residents dumping rubbish.
“How cruel can these people be to these charities, taking stuff out and at other times I see lazy people dumping rubbish,” Mrs Semple said.
“We have caught people leaving furniture and asked them why they are doing it and they say they don’t want to take it home.
“We tell them if they don’t take it home, we will take down their rego and give it to the ranger; you don’t just dump it.”
The bins are on land owned by the Department of Education.
Collier Primary School and the City of South Perth have been discussing residents’ concerns and are looking into removing them from the site.
Nicholas Tuharakina, of Good Sammies, and Carl Prowse, of St Vinnies, at the vandalised Como bins.
Nicholas Tuharakina, of Good Sammies, and Carl Prowse, of St Vinnies, at the bins.