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Rubbish dumping hurting Ballarat op shops

FRUSTRATION: An example of some of the rubbish being left off at op shops around Ballarat, which is costing charities in fees and resources. Picture: Lachlan Bence
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Broken toys, torn clothing, stained pillows, dirty mops.

Thesearejust some of the pieces of rubbish being dumped at opportunity shops around Ballarat – and it’s coming at a cost.

A local op shop volunteer, who wished to remain anonymous, said hours were spent sorting through the junk with a financial cost of up to $8000 per year.

He said themoney was being taken away from the organisation’s social welfare programs.

“I had an example today wherea fella dropped off three massive bags of clothes that were smelly and filthy so I don’t know whether he honestly thought we coulddo something with them or he was just trying to get rid of them,” he said.

“But we’re not so bad, the Salvation Army op shop on Norman Street – if you ever go past there after a weekend, it’s horrific the amount of stuff they have.”

He said warning signs of prosecution and cameras did little to deter people, but hoped they would think twice if they realised the consequences of their actions.

Ballarat Community Church op shop manager Cynthia Roehrig said items such as unusable mattresses and couches meant money that could be put back into the community was being spentontip fees.

The trend was particularly bad this time of year as people did their clean outs.

“If it is useable goods definitely donate, but if it’s not please consider throwing out the stuff in your own general waste bins,” she said.

“Really you’re just doing more damage to us as a charity and costing us more money than anything.”

Salvo Stores country area manager Shayne Camille said while a fence erected around the Sebastopol op shop had helped decrease the practice, dumping at the Wendouree site was particularly bad to the point where the Ballarat Council hadstepped in to help with the clean up.

“People come to work and we’ve got a whole lot of donations that have been dumped at the doors overnight, it can take a lot of resources of staff and volunteers to clean up in the morning,”she said.

“Last year alone, Salvos Stores in Victoria spent 1.2 million dollars in disposing unsaleable goods, which equals 5000 tonnes of goods.

“It’s a lot of money…. we want to lookat what the money could have done for our social programs and how it could have helped a lot of people.”

While she said the organisation “really appreciated” donations, sheurged people to drop them off in store, which is open seven days a week in Ballarat, or use the home collection service.

“We want quality goods that aren’t damaged, that are in working order, and we want items that people would be happy to givea family member or a friend.”This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训.

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