Dumpers hit char­ity shop in low blow

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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

Pic­ture: ANNA ROGERS

PLEA: Frank Costa, of Life­line Cairns and Townsville.

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