Trash Palace im­per­son­ators

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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