WHAT A MESS: Soiled, unusable and broken items are dumped beside charity bins in the weather – a legacy of the Easter period.
WHAT A MESS: Soiled, unusable and broken items are dumped beside charity bins in the weather – a legacy of the Easter period. Contributed

Charities down in the dumps after ‘donations’

CHARITY groups are pleading for Sunshine Coast residents to stop using donation bins as dumping grounds.

The plea follows the illegal dumping of soiled goods at local charity bins over the Easter period.

Old mattresses, washing machines, furniture and bags of items were dumped and left out in the weather.

Endeavour Foundation sales and operations manager Mick Gerrard said items were always appreciated, but low-quality donations dumped outside trading hours were problematic for charity organisations.

"In the eyes of the law, when things are left around charity bins and not inside them, that is illegal dumping," Mr Gerrard said.

"It costs us time and money to clean up when things are left on the ground exposed to the elements, or when people leave broken and unsellable items at our charity bins

"Poor-quality beds, televisions, furniture and other non-shop-quality items which simply do not have any value are being dumped at our stores and it costs money and time to clean up the mess.

"If it is not already in a condition that people would be prepared to use or wear, not in working condition, or if its safety is in question, it is better off being taken to the dump."

Lifeline spokesman Ian Ezzy stressed the importance of people doing the right thing when dumping belongings.

"We want to thank people for responsibly donating, which means dropping it in to our distribution centre during the hours of operation and only donating quality items that we can use," he said.