Trash Palace impersonators
Trash Palace’s chief executive is warning that their staff do not go door-to-door, after reports of people in a white van seeking metal and other tradeable items.
Elizabeth Meaclem says a staff member alerted her to talk on social media that Trash Palace staff were door-knocking, offering to take away unwanted goods such as televisions and fridges.
‘‘We do not do that. The only time you’ll get someone from Trash Palace at your house is if you’ve rung us to collect something,’’ Ms Meaclem said.
Porirua residents are entitled to two free inorganic pickups a year, which includes items like old furniture, metal, clothes, books and whiteware. Trash Palace staff will then de-gas fridges and take tubes out of televisions so they are safe for the landfill.
While Ms Meaclem has not informed police about the impersonators, she will if it continues. She says the tough times can bring out the ‘‘worst people in society’’.
‘‘ Scrap metal is a cut- throat market but this is theft; they are using a charity for their own gain, so my advice is not to hand anything over to these guys.’’
Anyone who sees this van is advised to take the licence plate number and inform the police.