A CHARITY organisation in Bega has expressed its frustration at the careless attitude of some local residents.
On Monday, the BDN received a call from the Salvation Army about people dumping their rubbish outside the store.
Numerous items, including a baby stroller, were scattered at the rear of the shop on Clark Lane, which connects Carp St to the Coles car park.
Store supervisor Andree Jessop said rubbish had been dumped next to the allocated bin, creating a mess for the staff.
Ms Jessop said the majority of residents donated items properly – by placing in the bin or going into the store.
However, she said a “small minority” continue to ignore the rules.
“It’s frustrating…nothing should be left on the ground,” Ms Jessop said.
“A small minority use this as the tip - they want to get rid of stuff without the respect of doing it properly.”
Ms Jessop said the situation could have been worse if she hadn’t been at work on Saturday.
In the space of 10 minutes, Ms Jessop heard four cars stop to dump items, but she chased after them and gave back their goods.
Two signs are placed on the rear of Salvos Bega warning against illegal dumping.
On the bin, a sign states “do not leave goods outside the bin”.
Ms Jessop said a lot of people had been incorrectly educated about the donating process.
She said she had spoken to residents in the past who “had heard it was okay” to leave rubbish outside the store.
“It’s a matter of education,” Ms Jessop said.
Ms Jessop said unwanted items could be dropped at the Salvos counter between 9am and 4pm on weekdays.
The Bega Salvation Army is located at 120 Carp St and for more information call 6492 3332.