Illegal dumpers target charity shops
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.
Yvonne Renton and Tony Gilman with items dumped at the Hospice Shop.