City of Melville supportive of charity collection bins


Charity collection bins on Marmion Avenue in Melville were broken in to earlier this month.
Charity collection bins on Marmion Avenue in Melville were broken in to earlier this month.

COUNCILS looking to improve amenity by banning charity bins have come under fire from the Spine and Limb Foundation, which says council-run collection days are a poor substitute.

The Foundation’s 270 bins collect more than five tonnes of goods daily, which are sorted and sold by its employees who are people living with disabilities.

Foundation paraquad industries manager Joe Tuson said less than a tonne was donated at the Town of Cambridge’s inaugural drop off day in June.

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“Thus, for us, they would need to hold their drop off day weekly for us to collect the same volume. I understand that they plan to hold these days every six months,” Mr Tuson said.

The City of Joondalup was the first to ban the bins on council-owned land and introduce collection days after complaints about overflowing charity bins.

More than 20 tonnes of donated goods have been collected across three collection days held by the City of Joondalup since September 2015.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said The Spine and Limb Foundation chose not to participate.

“Charities such as St Vincent de Paul, Anglicare and Salvation Army have been very supportive and pleased with how these new collection days have been managed with their success in terms of what has been collected,” he said.

The collection days are expected to grow in popularity. Joondalup has recently kicked junk collections to the kerb, introducing on-request bulk collection service in which residents can book a skip bin for at least 48 hours.

Mr Tuson said councils such as Melville, Stirling, Rockingham and South Perth were “very supportive” of charity clothing collection bins, offering new sites when existing ones became unsustainable and reporting bin incidents.

In Melville last week, four of a group of six bins on Marmion Street, including bins belonging to the Foundation, were forced open and the contents rifled through.

“They also recognise the good that the bins do both in providing employment for West Australians with disabilities and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill through the recycling of donations,” Mr Tuson said.

City of Melville acting chief executive Christine Young said the City had a clear policy on the bins.

“While collection bins appear to be the most effective method for charities to collect goods, this system does rely on the community to do the right thing and alternate methods of collection that could reduce the anti-social behaviour associated with the current system would be welcomed,” she said.

Mr Tuson said there was significant cost involved to clean up vandalism, and they shared the responsibility with Good Sammy’s.