No more prawn heads please: charities
‘RUBBISH’ ITEMS THE BANE OF OP SHOPS
A TITANIUM prosthetic limb, a full box of used dentures, a bag of human ashes, bald car tyres and even a dead shark have all been donated to Australian charity op shops in recent years.
One of the strangest donations the Salvos ever received was a bag of prawn heads and shells, according to National Op Shop Week founder John Dee.
The Red Cross, Salvos Stores and Vinnies are some of the leading charity stores involved in this year’s National Op Shop Week.
Along with many other op shops, they receive millions of donated items every year.
While some strange but useful items can be sold, an increasing number of donations is simply rubbish that should not be given to op shops in the first place.
Items such as dirty nappies, broken appliances and stained sheets are not uncommon, and must be disposed of by the charities, at considerable expense.
Mr Dee says that the charities are spending millions of dollars a year to dispose of unsaleable items.
“The Salvos alone spend up to $6 million dollars a year on disposal costs and landfill fees,” he said. That money could be going towards welfare programs that help people back into the workforce, or assist people after natural disasters.
Mr Dee did say though, that the majority of donations “are fantastic, and help to fund vital community services.
“If you have something quirky that you want to donate, it really helps the charity if you call ahead first to check that they can take it,” he said.
National Op Shop Week is taking place from August 23 to 30. Visit www.opshopweek.com.au.
A home-made fox fur donated to charity.