Clothing, furniture, toys, kitchen utensils and even televisions littered the forecourt of the Salvation Army store on Main Street, Rockhampton after the Easter long weekend.
Clothing, furniture, toys, kitchen utensils and even televisions littered the forecourt of the Salvation Army store on Main Street, Rockhampton after the Easter long weekend. Chris Ison

Unwanted goods dumped to Salvos

CHARITY stores’ carparks were turned into rubbish tips over the Easter long weekend, with many people dumping unwanted goods out the front of the closed shops.

Salvation Army volunteers found broken TVs, baby strollers, old shoes and ruined clothing strewn across the forecourt of their north Rockhampton store yesterday morning.

But Captain Meaghan Gallagher of the Salvation Army said it was a sight he “expected” every Monday morning.

“After every weekend there are usually some things dumped there, but because of the long weekend there is a lot more,” she said.

“The problem is we took away the bins because people kept putting rubbish in there.

“Some people give damaged things, but a lot of people give really great things.

“But out there in the elements you don’t know what will happen to them or people sometimes rummage through them.”

Capt Gallagher said the Salvos used $15,000 of their precious donations in dump fees last year – money that could go to their employment services, outback flying services or telephone counselling service.

“We just encourage people if they want to donate to only donate items you think are still useable or wearable,” she said.

The Salvation Army provides assistance to one million desperate Australians every year.

This year they hope to raise $79 million to fund their life-saving services.

 

TIPS FOR DONATING

  • Ensure the item is still useable or wearable before donating.
  • Don’t donate broken items, such as televisions, or ruined mattresses and clothing.



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