Help for charities to end dumping

Illegal dumping at charity bin sites is a growing problem.
Illegal dumping at charity bin sites is a growing problem.

The event follows the City�s recent decision to ban charity clothing bins on public land in response to growing community concern at the negative effect they were having on suburbs, parks and reserves.

At the August 17 council meeting, Mayor Troy Pickard said a working group including the St Vincent de Paul Society, Anglicare WA, The Salvation Army and the Spine and Limb Foundation had conducted its first meeting the week before.

He said he hoped Good Samaritan Industries WA would join the working group in the future.

GSI has taken the City to the State Administrative Tribunal with an application to overturn the ban to be considered on Friday.

The State Government announced today it would pilot a new program from next year to help charities financially to implement measures to reduce illegal dumping at their premises.

The Better Practice Program for Charitable Recyclers will include lighting and fencing, education to discourage illegal dumping and rebates for the cost of disposing waste at landfill sites.

There will also be patrols of dumping hot spots and covert electronic surveillance to identify offenders.

�Most people do the right thing but the illegal dumping of unwanted goods at charitable premises is a significant and growing problem,� Environment Minister Albert Jacob said.

�When people thoughtlessly dump their damaged or unwanted goods at charity bins and stores, the charity is then left to cover the costs of handling and disposal, which in some cases can amount to many thousands of dollars.�