Old television sets are still being dumped at charity bins across the ACT, despite a free recycling scheme just a week away.
About 10 analogue televisions were found dumped at the Kippax Fair Shopping Centre in Holt yesterday, while others were dumped at charity bins at Florey shops.
More Canberrans are expected to offload their old television sets when analog signals are turned off in the ACT on June 5.
I was hoped a new Australia-wide free recycling scheme, allowing Canberrans to dispose of unwanted televisions and computers from May 15, would stop dumping at charity bins.
Florey butcher Craig Hotston, whose shop sits within eyesight of the bins, regularly watches ''scumbags'' come to the bins and dump their junk, something that he says is a constant frustration to shop owners.
He said the dumping issue had caused a number of fights at the local shops. While Mr Hotston thinks the free recycling scheme is a positive move, he's not sure it will stop the dumping completely. ''I think it's a good thing,'' Mr Hotston said of the scheme.
''But you know what, the people who do this sort of stuff aren't the ones that are going to go to a designated spot to drop their televisions off,'' he said.
''At the end of the day, I think there are just a lot of scumbags who aren't willing to pay a few bucks to get rid of their stuff like everyone else.''
Tamara Laloz, from Higgins, and her 14-month-old daughter Alisz, regularly see television sets dumped at the Kippax Fair Shopping Centre charity bins, which are close to her work.
''It saddens me,'' Mrs Laloz said.
''There's mainly boxes, big bags, things that don't fit in the little shaft … there's quite often an amount of clothes, and toys, and obviously TVs today,'' she said.
Florey IGA owner Archie Christofilou wants heavier fines for dumpers and better enforcement of anti-dumping laws.
Mr Christofilou said he had complained to the ACT government regularly over dumping at the Florey shops.
''They basically get in touch with whoever owns the bins, and they come out and give it a tidy up, and that's it,'' he said.
''Then it gets forgotten about until it gets bad again.''
The new National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme will start in the ACT from the Mugga Lane and Mitchell Transfer stations.