ST VINCENT de Paul will continue to accept donations dropped outside its charity store despite the costs associated with disposing of unwanted goods.
Vinnies’ diocesan executive officer Frank Moes said even if the charity erected signage saying it wouldn’t accept the goods, people would continue to leave donations outside the McNamara Street store.
“They’ll drop it there, one way or another, we just need to look at ways to minimise the work, “ he said.
Mr Moes said CCTV footage of the site showed people leaving items despite the store being closed.
“Once they come with the items they just don’t want to take it back home if the store is closed,” he said.
Mr Moes says the charity will accept any assistance Orange City Council can offer when it comes to helping them manage the volume of donated goods.
“At the moment we’re drafting a letter to council and we’re keen to work with them and see if they can offer us some level of assistance,” he said.
“This is not just our problem or the Salvo’s problem.”
Mr Moes said the fact the charities helped recycle and re-use unwanted items reduced the amount of waste deposited at the council’s resource recovery centre.
“Recycling has lots of benefits for council and the community, and the money that’s raised [by selling the goods] is spent in the community,” he said.
“We hope to work with council to come up with an overall approach.”