Charities fear that dumping charges brought on by the carbon tax may encourage people to toss rubbish in their collection bins.
Charities fear that dumping charges brought on by the carbon tax may encourage people to toss rubbish in their collection bins. Georja Ryan

Charities hold breath on new tax

WITH the imminent carbon tax seen by many as a huge impost on businesses, charity organisations also have serious misgivings.

While the State waste levy may be on the way out, the Federal carbon tax could mean increased operating costs for council waste stations, which could in turn be passed on to businesses and charities.

Were that to happen, local charities are worried that people could be tempted to use them as an alternative dumping ground.

Southern Downs Salvation Army Corp officer Captain Mark Williamson says this is a major concern.

"Unfortunately there is a danger if charges for dumping are introduced, that certain people then see places like the Salvation Army as a way to get rid of their rubbish," Capt Williamson said.

He said it was not only time-consuming for volunteers to sort through what was re-sellable and what was rubbish, but demoralising for them to find refuse such as dirty nappies left among bags of clothes.

State president of St Vincent de Paul Brian Moore agreed and said it was a concern, but it was one that was already dealt with daily.

"We've been putting up with this for a long time and there's concern it will happen more with the carbon tax," Mr Moore said.

"It's an interesting concept and it needs to be said - don't dump rubbish on Vinnies."

Warwick St Vincent de Paul's Barbara Matthews said the store regularly received un-sellable items and nothing much could be done.

Former president of the Warwick branch Val Gray said he was concerned, but didn't think the region would have too much of a problem.

"Warwick people have been tremendously good to us," he said.

"We'll just have to wait and see - but there is concern in the long run."

Council director of planning and environment said he did not think local landfill sites would incur any new fees because of their size.


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