Scarborough business owner fed up with mess from nearby charity donation bins

A Scarborough business owner cleaned up items from outside these bins yesterday.
A Scarborough business owner cleaned up items from outside these bins yesterday.

A SCARBOROUGH business owner is fed up with having to tidy donated clothes strewn about a nearby carpark.

Pizzaca Caffe owner Kara Bizzaca said the two bins owned by ECO Pay It Forward, which calls for donations of clothes, shoes, bags and manchester, attract undesirables who rummage through items left on the outside of the locked bins and leave a mess.

ECO Pay It Forward gives the donated items to the needy for free.

Ms Bizzaca said the bins used to be closer to her business but after she made complaints, they were relocated to the other end of the carpark.

She said all that did was move the problem elsewhere.

“People would come here to enjoy a cup of tea and have to see the mess and we would have to clean it up,” she said.

“The bins are now right next to a couple of houses; one of the owners spoke to me about it recently and he said he wanted to move because of the bins.”

Ms Bizzaca said she had to do another clean up yesterday.

ECO Pay It Forward volunteer co-ordinator Cal Christelow said she had not received complaints about the bins recently but urged donators to make sure items were left inside.

“(Taking the items) is stealing, and we have made reports to police about it before,” she said.

“We give these items to people that can’t afford them; (people that steal these items) don’t look at the bigger picture.”

Ms Christelow said the organisation had donation bins throughout Perth, which were emptied regularly.

“Depending on the location, they can be emptied daily, or once, twice, three times a week,” she said.

“We are aware that items are left on the outside of the bins, so we check for those.”

She said the location of the bins in the car park was by agreement with the complex owner.

A City of Stirling spokeswoman said it receive about “three or four” calls of complaints within the last 12 months about the bins.

“As these private bins are located on private property the land owner is responsible for the bins maintenance and the City of Stirling would have no idea when they were moved,” she said.

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