Op shop used as rubbish tip

Salvation Army officers Erica and Michael Cossington say another problem is people who steal things donated to the op shop. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d402416
Salvation Army officers Erica and Michael Cossington say another problem is people who steal things donated to the op shop. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d402416

Captain Michael Cossington is disappointed people wait until night to dump their junk on the sly.

‘They come in the middle of the night and often leave the engine running,’ he said.

‘If we come out, they make a quick getaway.

‘They use Sally’s Seconds as their personal dumping ground, despite the warning signs.

‘I don’t think they want to pay the tip fees for their unwanted or broken goods.’

Capt Cossington said most of the items could not be sold in the store. ‘Sometimes on a weekend morning it looks like the Pinnacles outside the shop,’ he said.

‘We spend a lot of time cleaning the area and taking things to the tip. Council is very supportive, but this is time, effort and money we could be spending helping those in need.’

Capt Cossington said another problem was people stealing items that had been dumped outside the store.

He asked people to consider the important work the Salvation Army does to help those less fortunate.

‘We welcome donations during business hours,’ he said.