Sy­ringes found near char­ity bins

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

KENS­ING­TON res­i­dents were hor­ri­fied to dis­cover sy­ringes while clean­ing up piles of do­nated cloth­ing left on the foot­path af­ter peo­ple had rum­maged through char­ity bins.

Res­i­dents Lau­ren and Phillip, who did not want their sur­names pub­lished, were clean­ing up the mess left by op­por­tunis­tic thieves on the morn­ing of Satur­day, Au­gust 15, when they made the shock­ing dis­cov­ery.

“I have three chil­dren of my own. It is hor­ri­ble and there is a dance school near there with kids com­ing to take part in dance classes with their moth­ers, it is hor­ri­fy­ing, ”Lau­ren said.

“I have pre-school­ers who come in and it is lit­er­ally a cou­ple of feet away from my front door near the bins and on the foot­paths. Nor­mally the clothes are an is­sue, but I got a bit of a shock this time.

“They lit­er­ally need to get rid of the bins, be­cause at the mo­ment I have no choice but to deal with it, as the coun­cil isn’t deal­ing with the prob­lem.”

Phillip said po­lice should be mon­i­tor­ing the area more of­ten and the coun­cil should re­move the bins.

“I walked past on Satur­day morn­ing and it was all very un­tidy and I wanted to put the mess in the bin,” Phillip said.

“A lady asked if she could help me and while we were clean­ing up she saw the sy­ringes and then said you should be care­ful as there were lots of sy­ringes all over the place; some in front of the bin and some near the kerb.

“It is all these drug­gies com­ing here and peo­ple who just want to get clothes for free.”

Phillip said he had spo­ken to the City of South Perth about the sy­ringes and was told the char­i­ties who owned the bins had been given three months to come up with a so­lu­tion to stop peo­ple steal­ing from the bins.

South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said the city would work with the char­i­ties to en­sure the bins and the ar­eas around them were main­tained.

“The pur­pose of the bins is to pro­vide char­i­ties with much-needed funds from the sale of do­na­tions re­ceived to sup­port those in need,” she said.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing when char­ity bins are mis­treated and peo­ple show such lit­tle re­spect for the in­tent of the char­ity bins by leav­ing lit­ter and dan­ger­ous items such as sy­ringes in the vicin­ity.”

Of­fi­cer-in-charge of Kens­ing­ton Po­lice Sta­tion, Se­nior Sergeant Ash­ley Goy said no one had been ap­pre­hended or charged in re­la­tion to theft of prop­erty left from char­ity bins.

The City of South Perth said dis­carded sy­ringes left in public ar­eas could pose a se­ri­ous health threat.

“All of the city’s ranger ve­hi­cles are equipped with sharps con­tain­ers,” Mayor Sue Do­herty said.

“If the city is no­ti­fied of a dis­carded sy­ringe within the city, our rangers are alerted and will safely re­move and dis­pose of the sy­ringe as soon as is prac­ti­ca­ble.”

If a sy­ringe is found, con­tact the city on 9474 0777.

Some of the sy­ringes found by Kens­ing­ton res­i­dents when clean­ing up mess caused by thieves rum­mag­ing through char­ity bins.

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