I happened upon a situation the other day that was disappointing in more ways that one. And although I am sure all my readers are more responsible than the perpetrators of this, what I consider to be a crime, I wanted to point out how wrong it is. Take a look at the photos below.
I noticed the donations piling up around these bins on my way past the area the previous night. At that stage the donations were still packed in bags and boxes. I decided I would come down and get some photos the next morning for my blog with the intension of also notifying the charity of the situation and that was when I was confronted with this mess.
This is wrong on three levels
- People should keep their donations at home or take them to the nearest thrift store if the bins are full. There is no need for this to happen. Someone or perhaps even a number of someones decided that they wanted to be rid of their stuff and didn’t care about the likely outcome of dumping their unwanted stuff next to full bins. Their clutter had built up over time but regardless of the fact that these donation even in bags were susceptible to weather, the owners just wanted it out of their house and ignore the likely outcome of their ignorance. Also, as clearly stated on the bins it is against the litter laws to dump stuff beside the bins.
- To make matters worse some greedy person has decided that there might be something worth finding in those bags and has now ripped them apart and strewn the contents all over the place. Or perhaps worse still, this was done just for the fun of it. Leaving the items even more susceptible to the weather, soiled and quite frankly what is left has now effectively become trash that the charity will have to clean up and pay for the disposal off. We are talking charity here, in this case an organisation who provides phone counselling for emotionally vulnerable people. It costs this charity and others like it thousands of dollars a year to dispose of these kinds of thoughtless donations.
- This is an eyesore for the residents that live in the area which reflects on the charity in a bad way. While I was taking these photos a lady across the street called me over and asked what I was doing. So I told her I was documenting the mess and would be calling the charity and alerting them in the hope that they will come quickly to clean it up. She was most distressed and in her broken English told me that she had a beautiful apartment that is marred by this mess and wished the charity would take the bins away so this would not happen. I can only assume this isn’t the first time this has occurred. I would like to point out that this is not the fault of the charity, they are offering two services here, one, to make it easy for people to leave donations without going far out of their way and two,the important service they provide to the community with their counselling service.
The problem above was exacerbated by the fact that these donation were left here over the Christmas period while many businesses and organisations including charities have shut down or slowed their operations so their staff can take time to celebrate with family. That being said this type of dumping goes on year round, I have witnessed the fall out many times. It is simply careless and thoughtless. I have seen mattresses and sofas piled up next to these bins as well. Most charities I know of will pick up furniture that is in reasonable condition so there is no need to leave large items near bins. As I see it people do that because they know what they have is just garbage but they don’t have a means of hauling it away or want to pay tip fees to leave it at the landfill site. Shame on them. WE even have a twice yearly council bulk waste pick-up in our area so there is absolutely no need for this.
Without trying to sound like a broken record here I would like to point out that there are many charities just like this one that provide important services to the community. Usually the section of the community that needs help the most. It takes an army of volunteers, some dedicated employees and kind donations from the public to make these services possible. Donations that are just trash or likely to become trash cost these charities a lot of money each year to dispose off. I am sure some people don’t realise that what they give may not be in good enough condition to sell but there are also others who are just using these charities as their dumping ground.
So please only donate clean usable items in reasonable condition and never leave your donations where they are susceptible to the weather or this kind of vandalism.
I am happy to say that the charity that owned the above bins were already on their way to clean up the mess before I even made my phone call.
Today’s Declutter Item
I am not sure why we ever needed an extension cord this long but I know one thing for sure, we don’t need it now so off to the thrfit with you.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast