“Does your donation count or cost?" bin dumping report out
ALMOST 10,000 tonnes of rubbish was dumped at Queensland charities in the past financial year.
A report by UnitingCare Community and the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations found 8200 tonnes of trash, including soiled mattresses, broken furniture and window blinds, green waste and household waste was left at charities in 2014-15.
Services affected included the Salvation Army, Vinnies and Lifeline offices in Deception Bay, Kenmore, Kallangur, Browns Plains and Cairns.
The charities said they spent a lot of time and money cleaning up after dumpers.
St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland operations general manager Cassandra Ashton said struggling Queenslanders were missing out because some items being illegally dumped were spoiled or stolen before reaching their warehouses.
"We ask that if bins are full, people bring their valued donations to their nearest Vinnies store."