Frustrations overflow as Maitland charity bins dumped on again

OVERFLOWING: The charity bins in central Maitland on Thursday, with donations scattered around the car park. Picture: Betina Hughes
OVERFLOWING: The charity bins in central Maitland on Thursday, with donations scattered around the car park. Picture: Betina Hughes

It’s a scene all too common after the Christmas holidays.

Charity bins around town filled to the brim with donations, before additional loads are dumped on the ground around them. 

The mess is made worse by passers-by ripping into the bags for a look and scattering the contents around. 

It’s a frustrating – and repetitive – scenario for the charities behind the bins, said House With No Steps Hunter manager John Piper. 

“We must remind people that clothing bins – and the areas around them – are not rubbish bins. Items left outside of bins are treated as contaminated and unfortunately they’re unable to be used. They’re taken to landfill at the organisation’s expense,” he said. Mr Piper said the bins are emptied regularly, however, it if looks close to full, it’s best to hold on to donations temporarily. 

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