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Charities despair over rubbish dumped in bins


Stephanie Anderson

Clothes and other rubbish dumped outside of charity bins at Ainslie shops.

Clothes and other rubbish dumped outside of charity bins at Ainslie shops. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Broken televisions, soiled clothes and bags of sand are becoming regular features at charity bins throughout the capital.

Illegal dumping has been an issue for charities such as the Lone Fathers Association, whose president Barry Williams said receiving junk was a daily occurrence at this time of the year.

"You clean them up and turn your back, it's done again," he said.

"People just won't stop."

The charity operates approximately 80 bins throughout the capital, which were designed for clothing but have become homes for everyday rubbish, broken electronics and bags of grass.

Despite attempts by the ACT government to curb illegal dumping, including the removal of charity bins in the suburbs and recent blitzes carried out by city rangers, Mr Williams said the problem was still widespread throughout the capital.

He said the introduction of security cameras or increasing the fine for illegal dumping may succeed where other initiatives have failed. "We're spending most of our week taking rubbish to the dump," Mr Williams said.

"Anything up to a tonne a week, and we have to pay for that."

Charities such as the Salvation Army are also facing huge costs associated with illegal dumping, spending up to $5 million a year dealing with unusable donations.

The Salvos are also urging people not to deposit good quality donations at stores outside opening hours as they could be stolen or damaged by rain. NSW stores chaplain Major Robert Sneller emphasised the increased pressure staff were under during the January holiday period.

"We ask our donors to be mindful of this fact when making their donations," he said.

with AAP

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  • People won't stop dumping untill we have quarterly clean ups, I just don't understand why this Government does not get it, I also see around my suburb of Swinger Hill is that with small blocks people are decking and paving all available spacers for entertainment area. What also happens with this is there is no need for the usual garden tools as lawn mower, edgers and whipper snippers, leaving nature strips abandoned and unkept ( Noting that the rates we pay are for the area inside our development not outside ). Also the Governmnet has to understand, that people don't want bundles of branches/ rubbish in there car, and how many people have toe bars these days. The Government has abondoned the quater acre block for small townhouse style blocks and units with no infrastructure to assist these resident to rid rubbish, so a short drive around my neigbour hood you can see bundles of garden rubbish everywhere on Government nature strips. If the Government is to raise rates, then lets see the services. The Gallagher Government sprooks that urban infill is the way to go, yet the first Urban infill experiment of Swinger Hill of 351 townhouses in the 1970's they have failed, and they will continue to fail untill resident all over Canberra demand better Urban Services. My family comes down from Sydney and they are flabbergasted at the state of services and how upkept this city is . I first arrived 13 years ago.

    Martin Says
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    January 03, 2013, 9:55AM

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