Presbyterian Support retail manager Chrissy Anderson holds
up some of the dirty items that have been unkindly
''donated'' to the organisation's Dunedin shops. Photo by
One charity shop manager is so sick of people dumping
rubbish outside her premises that she has decided to prosecute
the latest alleged offender.
Dunedin charity shops are spending thousands of dollars to
get rid of rubbish that has been left outside their shops and
in donation bins, under the guise of donations.
Soiled clothes, bedding and mattresses, old televisions and
even lawn clippings were some of the offending items dumped
after dark for charities to clean up.
Dunedin Salvation Army Family Store manager Jane Orbell said
she caught someone leaving a television set and a computer
monitor outside the South Dunedin store over the Easter
''I told the chap he wasn't to leave it but he just carried
on unloading it and I told him I was going to prosecute and
that is going to happen.''
People were often waiting until it was dark and then dumping
things they knew the shops would not take.
Dirty mattresses and clothes, old televisions and even lawn
clippings were dumped at their doorstep. Anything of value
that was left after hours was often taken by other people
''People go through it and then leave a mess behind.''
She said they were making two or three trips to the landfill
every week in their truck to get rid of rubbish.
Presbyterian Support retail manager Chrissy Anderson said
they spent thousands of dollars each year disposing of
unwanted items that came into the store, including unwashed
and heavily soiled clothes and bedding.
Staff had to wear gloves and masks when unpacking donated
goods. Some types of old clothes and sheets were popular with
mechanics for use as rags but they had to be clean.
She estimated about 15% of donations were totally unusable.
''In the most part we get really good donations but our
rubbish costs are extraordinary and they are going up
Mrs Orbell said a meeting was being arranged soon with
charity shop administrators and Dunedin City Council staff to
work out what could be done about the problem.
- by Dan Hutchinson