Char­i­ties take on bin dumpers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

FIVE char­i­ties are lead­ing the fight against il­le­gal dump­ing by launch­ing a web­site to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity about do­na­tions to char­ity bins.

The Sal­va­tion Army, Good Sa­mar­i­tan In­dus­tries, St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety, Ancli­care and the Spine and Limb Foun­da­tion re­ceived a $100,000 grant from the Waste Au­thor­ity to cre­ate the site giv.org.au this month, which aims to re­duce clean-up costs.

Good Sa­mar­i­tan In­dus­tries' Deb­bie Cameron said the char­i­ties in­volved gen­er­ated tons of do­na­tions a day from more than 1000 do­na­tion bins across WA but an­nual re­moval costs for items not placed in­side the bins were about $312,000.

“This cam­paign is fo­cused on ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who mean well and who want to do­nate their pre-loved items to char­ity to en­sure they place the items in­side a do­na­tion bin and not ad­ja­cent to it, which does in fact lead to il­le­gal dump­ing,” she said.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who visit one of our do­na­tion sta­tions and re­alise they can’t eas­ily de­posit their items in the bin think they are do­ing the right thing by leav­ing their do­na­tions out­side.

“In ac­tual fact this causes huge headaches for our or­gan­i­sa­tions in the form of com­plaints from coun­cils, shop­ping cen­tres and the pub­lic, and by in­creas­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.”

Ms Cameron said peo­ple could find out “where, what and how” of giv­ing and dis­pos­ing of their un­wanted items.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the web­site would help to re­duce il­le­gal dump­ing at the char­i­ties’ premises.

“Over­all, the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of this cam­paign are enor­mous. Bet­ter dis­posal of goods will re­sult in less waste go­ing to land­fill and sup­port the valu­able role th­ese char­i­ties play in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Il­le­gal dump­ing should be re­ported to the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment Regulation hot­line on 1300 784 782.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d446316

Deb­bie Cameron at char­ity bins in Kens­ing­ton.

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