ILLEGAL dumping has cost charities more than $300,000 in clean-up costs.
Fed up with the costs, four of WA’s leading charities have banded together to launch a new campaign to educate the community about how to correctly donate their unwanted items at charitable collection bins.
Good Samaritan Industries, St Vincent de Paul Society, Anglicare WA and the Spine and Limb Foundation will centre the campaign around its new website- GIV.org.au.
It aims to educate people to place donations inside collection stations, as opposed to leaving items outside where they are often damaged, vandalised or strewn across the area.
Good Samaritan Industries’ Debbie Cameron said charities generate tons of donations from more than 1000 donation bins in WA, but annual removal costs for items placed outside bins was about $312,000.
“This campaign is focused on educating people in the community who mean well and who want to donate their pre-loved items to charity, to ensure they place the items inside a donation bin, and not adjacent to it, which does in fact lead to illegal dumping,” she said.
“People can go to the website, where they can find out information on the ‘where, what and how’ options.”