RUBBISH DUMP: Complaints have been made about the continual dumping of unwanted household items at the Lifeline bins on Takalvan Steet. The last case involved someone dumping a fridge which still had food in it. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
RUBBISH DUMP: Complaints have been made about the continual dumping of unwanted household items at the Lifeline bins on Takalvan Steet. The last case involved someone dumping a fridge which still had food in it. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Rubbish dumped as charity

A FRIDGE containing rotting food dumped at a charity bin was the final straw for a Bundaberg man who is fed up with people misusing the donation bin and treating it like a rubbish dump.

The man, who did not want to be named, said he drove past the Lifeline charity bin on Takalvan St on a daily basis and in the past two years the number of people dumping their junk had increased.

"It's disgraceful, enough is enough, it's got to stop. The tip is 2km down the road," he said.

"Something like the fridge is a two-person job and imagine if it was your father or brother who had the job of removing it and did their back because someone was too lazy to take it to the dump."

RUBBISH DUMP: Complaints have been made about the continual dumping of unwanted household items at the Lifeline bins on Takalvan Steet. The last case involved someone dumping a fridge which still had food in it. Photo: Contributed
RUBBISH DUMP: Complaints have been made about the continual dumping of unwanted household items at the Lifeline bins on Takalvan Steet. The last case involved someone dumping a fridge which still had food in it. Photo: Contributed contributed

The Bundaberg man said he was appalled also to see people dumping broken furniture before reloading their trailers with other good quality items which had been donated.

Lifeline Bundaberg business manager Andrew Armstrong said maintaining its charity donation bins was one of the biggest issues they and all charities faced.

He said for every truck load of items that they were able to reuse, they took another truck load of rubbish to the tip.

"We have a run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and then as needed on Tuesdays and Fridays.

"Of the four to five trucks a week, about half of what is left at the bins we throw out."

Mr Armstrong said the bins were really just for clothes and small unbreakable items and Lifeline offered a range of options to make it as easy as possible for people to dispose of large items that could be reused including its five day a week pick-up service and the Princess St store was open seven days a week to accept deliveries.

To arrange Lifeline to pick up your reusable large items call 4151 8800.



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