Char­ity used as a rub­bish dump

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Joe Ten Broeke loves it when he comes in to the St Vin­cent de Paul store and sees no rub­bish piled up at the doors.

The pres­i­dent of St Vin­cent de Paul in the Kapi Mana dis­trict is fed up with the dump­ing that oc­curs at the front and rear of the Porirua store, lo­cated among the Mun­gavin shops.

He said it came in waves, with this time of year par­tic­u­larly bad.

Do­na­tions of good cloth­ing and fur­ni­ture still roll in reg­u­larly, Mr Ten Broeke said, but over the the past fort­night there had been a spate of un­wanted rub­bish dumped.

Vol­un­teers have ar­rived to find old TVs – most not work­ing – and bro­ken fur­ni­ture piled up.

Bags with food scraps are com­mon.

‘‘Two weeks ago there was a du­vet left at the back en­trance and there were flies all around it.

‘‘ When we lifted it up there were mus­sel shells in it. If you have a hot day and you get that sort of thing, it can be aw­ful.

‘‘ Last week a cab­i­net fell to pieces when we moved it.’’

Hav­ing to dis­pose of things like that and other refuse comes with another headache the or­gan­i­sa­tion can ill af­ford — tip fees. It costs $38.50 for a visit to the Spicer Land­fill, as well as petrol costs, and Mr Ten Broeke said vol­un­teers were do­ing that at least twice a month.

‘‘ We barely break even and th­ese [land­fill] costs are tak­ing money away from peo­ple in this com­mu­nity.

‘‘We have to pay for rent, power and tele­phone and we are try­ing to help peo­ple and wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions. The dump­ing is very self­ish.’’

Mr Ten Broeke said the or­ga­nis- ation couldn’t af­ford se­cu­rity cam­eras.

He was buoyed to hear the area would be get­ting a facelift and said the top of their build­ing suf­fered reg­u­lar graf­fiti, which St Vin­cent de Paul had to clean them­selves.

Porirua City Coun­cil will col­lect un­wanted house­hold items from your home twice a year. For in­for­ma­tion, call 237 6440.


Rub­bish col­lec­tion: St Vin­cent de Paul’s Joe Ten Broeke with ex­am­ples of the refuse that is left at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s back en­trance reg­u­larly.

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