Charity bin etiquette: community education’s the key

Joe Tuson, manager of the Paraquad Industries Spine & Limb Foundation. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d446574
Joe Tuson, manager of the Paraquad Industries Spine & Limb Foundation. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d446574

CHARITIES are hoping to save more than $300,000 in clean-up costs by educating the community about how to donate unwanted items at collection bins.

Good Samaritan Industries is one of four charities spearheading the need to reduce illegal dumping at donation points.

The campaign centres on the newly launched website GIV.org. au supported by an advertising campaign.

People are asked to donate items inside collection stations, as opposed to leaving goods outside where they are often damaged, vandalised or strewn across the immediate area.

Campaign spokeswoman Debbie Cameron, from Good Samaritan Industries, said the charities involved generate tons of donations a day, but annual removal costs for misplaced items were a problem.

She urged people to visit the newly-launched website and find out the ‘where, what and how’ of giving and disposing of their unwanted items, including what to do with items too big to fit into the charitable bins.

“The vast majority of people who visit one of our donation stations and realise they can’t easily deposit their items in the bin think they are doing the right thing by leaving their donations outside,” she said.

“But this causes huge headaches for our organisations in the form of complaints from councils, shopping centres and the public, and by increasing antisocial behaviour.”