Charities may pay rubbish disposal

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

LOCAL charities may have to pay for the disposal of rubbish being dumped in charity bins by inconsiderate residents.

Gladstone City Council allocates $10,000 each year to cover the costs of charity stores needing to dump unwanted goods.

However due to the increase in rubbish being dumped in charity bins which then needs to be dumped at the council transfer station, this money had already been exhausted by at least $5000.

At last week's meeting the council resolved to cover the cost for the remainder of this financial year, but to consider other options next year, which may include the charity stores having to cover the extra cost.

'It is considered that the fairest way would be to provide each group with a credit at the transfer station and when this is expended the organisation would be responsible for its own arrangements until the following period,' environmental health manager Ron Doherty said.

Mr Doherty said residents who used charity bins as dumping stations made charities' work more difficult.

'These people (charity stores) have enough to deal with without this sort of thing,' Mr Doherty said.

Salvation Army major Bill Hutley said while they were appreciative of people donating goods, rubbish being dumped in charity bins was a concern.

Major Hutley said items including dirty nappies, broken furniture and even kitchen scraps were among those dumped in the bins.

"There are times when we get purely household rubbish,' he said.

'Some of it is just general waste, such as broken furniture, TVs, items that can't be economically repaired and have to be thrown out.'

Major Hutley added that money to pay for extra dumping costs would have to come from donations or the little that was made through the charity shop.

A detailed report will be delivered at next week's Gladstone City Council meeting.



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