Dumping and theft force charity to pull donation bins

Graham Crown with donated goods to be sorted for sale at the Salvation Army Store Toowoomba.
Graham Crown with donated goods to be sorted for sale at the Salvation Army Store Toowoomba. Kevin Farmer

TOOWOOMBA charities may be forced to remove charity donation bins in the region due to increased rubbish dumping and pilfering of donated goods.

It is an issue that continues to hit charities hard with the cost of removing rubbish becoming a larger burden for organisations.

The Salvation Army has already been forced to slash the number of its donation bins Australia-wide with Toowoomba one of many locations to no longer have a Salvation Army donation bin.

However it is not just the Salvos struggling. St Vincent de Paul store manager Trevor Genirch said the increasing cost of cleaning up around donation bins was cutting into funds used to help the local community.

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"It costs more than $120 each day to take rubbish and unusable goods to the tip," Mr Genirch said.

"That money adds up over the long run and it is frustrating when it impacts our ability to service the community."

Salvos Stores general manager in Brisbane Neville Barrett said theft was another major issue, leading the organisation to change its collection methods.

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"For the past five or six years we have been running campaigns to try to get people to bring things to us in business hours," he said.

"Alternatively, they can call us and we will come and collect the items."



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