Four WA charities have banded together to launch a campaign to teach 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 received tonnes 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 next to it, which does in fact lead to illegal dumping,� she said.
�People can go to the [Lynn Grierson]GIV.org.au website, where they can find out information[Lynn Grierson] on the �where, what and how� of giving and disposing of their unwanted items, including what to do with items that are too big to easily 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, but in actual fact this causes huge headaches for our organisations in the form of complaints from councils, shopping centres and the public and by increasing antisocial behaviour.�