Charity bin ban anger
COUNCILS looking to improve amenity by banning charity bins have come under fire from the Spine and Limb Foundation, which maintains council-run collection days are a poor substitute.
The foundation’s 270 bins collect more than five tonnes of goods daily, which is then sorted and sold by its employees who are people living with disabilities.
Less than a tonne was donated at the Town of Cambridge’s inaugural drop-off day in June, foundation paraquad industries manager Joe Tuson said.
“Thus, for us, they would need to hold their drop-off day weekly for us to collect the same volume. I understand that they plan to hold these days every six months,” Mr Tuson said.
The City of Joondalup was the first to ban the bins on council-owned land and introduce collection days after numerous complaints from the community about the overflowing charity bins.
More than 20 tonnes of donated goods have been collected across three collection days held by the City of Joondalup since September 2015.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said The Spine and Limb Foundation chose not to participate.
“Charities such as St Vincent de Paul, Anglicare and Salvation Army have been very supportive and pleased with how these new collection days have been managed with their success in terms of what has been collected.”
The collection days are expected to grow in popularity.
To further improve amenity, Joondalup has recently kicked junk collections to the kerb, introducing on-request bulk collection service in which residents can book a skip bin for at least 48 hours.
Mr Tuson said councils like Melville, Stirling, Rockingham and South Perth were “very supportive” of charity clothing collection bins, offering new sites when existing ones became unsustainable and reporting bin incidents.
Mr Tuson said there was significant cost involved to clean up vandalism and they shared the responsibility with Good Sammys by each taking responsibility for one side of the river’s charity collection bins.
“It is not easy to identify and prosecute offenders as most charity bin sites do not have CCTV and the WA Police, understandably have higher priority crimes to deal with.
Unsightly: Charity collection bins on Marmion Avenue in Melville.