Calls to dob in charity bin dumpers
YOU'VE seen it before, Lifeline bins with rubbish piled high around them.
Maybe you're even guilty of having dumped unwanted items there yourself.
But have you ever thought about what happens after you drive away from the dump site you have just created?
That's what Lifeline regional business manager Andrew Armstrong wants the community to think about after a recent spate of rubbish dumpings made headlines.
On Wednesday, the NewsMail reported on a large mess left at the Lifeline bins over North that had Oodies Café owner Suzy Evans fuming.
Mrs Evans said she spent time cleaning up some of the rubbish herself and begged the community to stop passing the blame and to get in and help find a solution to the issue.
Mr Armstrong said he agreed and wanted to let the community know that there were ways to report dumping at Lifeline sites.
"There is actually a website you can visit to dob in a dumper anonymously," he said.
"It allows you to upload photos and information and make an official report."
Mr Armstrong said the incident last week was just one of many that happened to charity bins across the nation.
"A lot of stuff that was left at those bins was not appropriate to leave there," he said.
"There was a fridge, a couple of beds and more just left out in the elements and out for vandals to get to, which they did.
"Our general rule is if it fits in the bin, it goes in. Otherwise, don't leave it outside because we can't secure it and maintain the quality."
Mr Armstrong said there were multiple services offered by Lifeline to get your items donated rather than leaving it dumped at a bin.
"Drop it off at one of our superstores in Bundaberg, open seven days a week, or give us a call and arrange a pick up," he said.
Since he started working for the organisation in 2003, Mr Armstrong said the dumping issue had always been a problem and cost the charity time and money.
"If you give rubbish to a charity then we have to absorb the cost involved," he said.
Mr Armstrong said many people were quick to offer up the solution of removing the Lifeline bins altogether, but he said that would greatly impact his charity organisation.
"Our donation bins bring in an enormous amount of quality donations that we are incredibly grateful for, and, without those bins we would have to replace that way of collecting," he said.
"The bins are convenient and they work well.
"If we can get the community to donate responsibly, either in the bin, through dropping it off to our stores or by using our delivery service, we could eliminate the dumping problem."
Mr Armstrong said other communities in Queensland have come up with solutions.
"The Mackay council have a good strategy where they fine people for dumping at these bins," he said.
You can anonymously report people dumping at http://bit.ly/2n8e3WI.