Volunteers fed up with dump trend
CHARITY bins are beginning to look more like a dump site and volunteers are fed up.
In recent weeks, St Vincent de Paul on Creek St has been plagued by people dumping, trashing and allegedly thieving donations.
Centre co-ordinator Debbie Craven said it was disheartening for those who have to pick up the pieces - literally.
"We appreciate donations but if they don't fit in the bins and the store isn't open - don't put them anywhere else,'' Ms Craven said.
"Don't put them on the landing, out the back, or on the ramp, because people with anti-social behaviour are going through them all, ripping the bags and leaving rubbish everywhere for us to clean up.
"It's very disheartening. When it rains, the donations are ruined anyway.
"So we just want to get the message through that we appreciate donations but don't want them left anywhere but in the bins.”
Ms Craven said it was becoming a worrying trend. Recent Monday mornings have been spent sifting through gardens and across the lawn to pick up clothes, bags and other bits torn and chucked.
"That's what we're welcomed with in the mornings. It's just awful.”
Whether or not people have been pinching items too, Ms Craven can't be certain.
"They could be. We don't know what they're doing but we have had reports of that as well.”