Il­le­gal dumpers tar­get char­ity shops

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE - PIERS FULLER

Trailer loads of bro­ken fur­ni­ture, soiled mat­tresses and bro­ken elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances dumped at Master­ton’s Hospice Shop is a kick in the guts for the char­ity.

Shop staff turned up on a morn­ing last week to be faced with trailer loads of items that can only be de­scribed as rub­bish and the same thing hap­pened the fol­low­ing day.

It cost al­most $200 to take the stuff to the tip, not to men­tion the vol­un­teer hours and in­con­ve­nience to do so.

The shop’s re­tail man­ager Yvonne Ren­ton said the sit­u­a­tion is frus­trat­ing and dis­ap­point­ing.

None of the fur­ni­ture was of a stan­dard worth sell­ing in the store and the elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances were all bro­ken. An old fridge still had blood and gunk in the bot­tom of it and there were sev­eral ‘‘filthy’’ mat­tresses that had been soaked in the rain.

‘‘It’s like they’ve just dumped their house­hold con­tents, but there noth­ing we can. It’s so strange to hap­pen two nights in a row,’’ she said.

Ren­ton said they were un­able to erect a fence at the rear of their store as ac­cess is needed by other ten­ants. The Hospice Shop in­tends in­stalling video cam­eras at the rear en­trance to de­ter and pos­si­bly gather ev­i­dence against fu­ture of­fend­ers.

There are coun­cil reg­u­la­tions that can be en­acted if of­fend­ers are caught dump­ing in town.

If the rub­bish was left on the foot­path then coun­cil would use the Master­ton and South Wairarapa District Coun­cil’s Con­sol­i­dated By­law 2012 Part Two - Pub­lic Places - Clause 2 Parts a. and e to pros­e­cute.

If the refuse was on pri­vate land then coun­cil use the Lit­ter Act Sec­tion 15.

If con­victed dumpers could face a fine not ex­ceed­ing $5,000.

Other char­ity shops in Master­ton have also been used and abused by those want­ing to get rid stuff that is not fit for re­sale.

The Sal­va­tion Army’s Fam­ily Store across town has faced the same prob­lem to the ex­tent that they put up a fence around their yard area ear­lier this year. Peo­ple had been dump­ing un­sellable items and oth­ers had been tak­ing de­sir­able prop­erty be­fore the store opened.

The Wairarapa Re­source Centre on King St has had its own is­sues.

They found that peo­ple were help­ing them­selves to de­sir­able items that had been left for the store.

PHOTO: PIERS FULLER/ FAIRFAX NZ

Yvonne Ren­ton and Tony Gil­man with items dumped at the Hospice Shop.

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