Load of rubbish forces charity to remove donation bins
COMMUNITY outrage and the constant clean up of the mountains of junk dumped illegally at the Kuluin Endeavour Foundation depot has forced the organisation to remove donation bins.
The volunteer-run charity has suffered massive loses on a daily basis removing the illegally dumped items, which were often soiled and deemed unusable from sitting out in the cold air or rain.
Illegal dumping has been an increasing problem throughout the past few months at King St.
Endeavour Foundation executive general manager of supporter enterprises Leanne Rudd said the risk of injury to staff in the removal of large furniture items such as beds, mattresses and whitegoods was unacceptable.
"Illegal dumping has been a big problem at this site in recent months and unfortunately it was on the increase," Ms Rudd said.
"It was at the stage where we were unable to keep up with the volume of rubbish being dumped around the donation bins and we needed to take action due to community complaints.
"When people dump rubbish around the donation bins it creates a huge cost for us in terms of cleaning up and disposing it - money that should be spent on supporting people with a disability."
Ms Rudd said the removal of the bins would affect fundraising efforts.
"We used to collect around 900kg of donations per week from the Kuluin site. After removing poor quality large items dumped at the bins, we processed the good quality items at our sorting facility and then sent them to Endeavour Foundation Recycled Clothing stores for sale," she said.
"Losing these donations means we have less stock available, which will reduce the amount of funds raised in our stores to support people with a disability."
The Endeavour Foundation is currently canvassing replacement sites for the bins that have been removed from Kuluin.
"We are fortunate to have strong community support on the Sunshine Coast and we are very grateful for the generous donations of quality used goods we receive on a daily basis," Ms Rudd said.