Sights set on char­ity bin dumpers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly

A PRO­GRAM is be­ing de­vel­oped to ad­dress con­cerns about illegal dump­ing at char­ity bins.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the Bet­ter Prac­tice Pro­gram for Char­i­ta­ble Re­cy­clers would take ef­fect next year and would in­clude grants for char­i­ties to im­ple­ment mea­sures such as light­ing and fenc­ing and ed­u­ca­tion to dis­cour­age dump­ing.

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The pro­gram will be com­ple­mented by the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment Reg­u­la­tion’s illegal dump­ing team, which will pa­trol dump­ing hot spots and use covert elec­tronic sur­veil­lance to iden­tify of­fend­ers.

“Most peo­ple do the right thing but the illegal dump­ing of un­wanted goods at char­i­ta­ble premises is a sig­nif­i­cant and grow­ing prob­lem,” Mr Ja­cob said.

“While WA’s rate of ca­sual lit­ter­ing is com­ing down, the in­ci­dence of il­le­gally dump­ing rub­bish is still very high.

“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, which in some cases can amount to many thou­sands of dol­lars.”

The Waste Au­thor­ity is lead­ing dis­cus­sions on the ini­tia­tive with char­i­ta­ble re­cy­clers such as the Red Cross, Good Sa­mar­i­tan In­dus­tries, Sal­va­tion Army, Spine and Limb Foun­da­tion, Angli­care WA, St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety, Save the Chil­dren, Peo­ple Who Care and the RSPCA WA.

Deb­bie Cameron of Good Sa­mar­i­tan In­dus­tries said theft, van­dal­ism and illegal dump­ing cost the char­ity more than money.

“In terms of dump­ing, in the past 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,” she said.

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