Char­ity bin ban anger

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

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