Dumpers hit charity shop in low blow
DUMPERS of household trash have targeted the Edmonton Lifeline store in what many are calling a “disgusting” crime on a local charity organisation.
This week soiled mattresses, a fridge, freezer, clothing and furniture looked to be thrown on the kerb from the back of a ute at the Bruce Highway store.
Brian James said every Monday morning the store was used as a dump site by those trying to escape council land fill fees.
“(This is) disgusting illegal dumping, surely this is a serious crime,” he said.
“Lifeline staff have to remove this rubbish and take it to the dump resulting in a huge cost to them and a waste of volunteers’ labour.
“Why can’t this be stopped? It has been going on for years.”
Lifeline estimates the cleanup costs amount to $100,000 per year across Queensland.
Regional district manager for Cairns and Townsville Lifeline stores Frank Costa said most people did the right thing and he thanked the Cairns community for their strong support.
He pleaded with those guilty of dumping to “make the donation count for something”.
“(Dumpers) are in the minority. I don’t know how you fix that,” he said.
“That is just the nature of people, sometimes it is disheartening.
“All we can do is ask these people please don’t do it. “
Mr Costa would not quantify the cost of dumping to the organisation, but did say there was a charge attached to the clean-up and disposal of worthless goods
Uniting Care Queensland, the operators of Lifeline stores, offers a pick up service for large donations.
Call 4050 4930 in Cairns to have your items bulky donations collected.
TRASHED: Outside Edmonton’s Lifeline store after illegal dumpers targeted the charity. Picture: SUPPLIED
PLEA: Frank Costa, of Lifeline Cairns and Townsville.