Charity stores bear brunt of lazy locals

CHRISTMESS: Discarded items of rubbish left near the St Vincent de Paul charity clothing bins behind Vinnies’ Keppel Street store over the Christmas break. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 122914cvinnies1BATHURST’S charity stores have not been spared the upsetting post-Christmas tradition of residents dumping rubbish at their doors.

Piles of useless goods had been left beside the St Vincent de Paul charity bins behind Vinnies’ Keppel Street store when the Western Advocate visited this week.

And it’s a problem for all charities at this time of year as lazy residents look for a quick and easy way to dispose of unwanted items after a big Christmas bash.

Frustrated volunteers are left with the task ofgetting rid of the rubbish, which can alsocontaminate good quality used items that have been donated by more thoughtful members of the public.

Environment Minister Rob Stokes yesterday weighed into the issue after reports of dumping from charities across the state, saying it was a “low act” and warning offenders they could be fined up to $4000.

“Illegal dumping is always a crime,” Mr Stokes said.

“But it’s particularly heinous when it isorchestrated on charities, and particularly callous when it’s at this time of year when charities are really, really busy helping the most vulnerable in ourcommunity.”

The dumped goods also pose a hazard to staff, many of whom volunteer their time to work.

Other charity outlets across NSW have reported dangerous goods including gas bottles, chemicals and rotten mattresses being dumped beside their clothing bins in recent days.

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