WORKERS at the Bega St Vincent de Paul charity store arrived on Monday morning to a mountain of goods - unwanted by their owners and unwelcome at Vinnies.
Vinnies Bega manager Mary Nugent said she and her team would now have to sift through the items – likely from weekend garage sales or Saturday’s car boot sale at the Bega Showground - to find if any are worth salvaging for sale through the store.
However, several televisions, other electrical equipment and child car seats will be heading straight for landfill as they are not allowed to be collected and re-sold due to safety liabilities.
There were also plenty of other items in no condition to be salvaged and resold Ms Nugent said.
“We will have to go through everything, but there’s an awful lot we can’t sell here,” she said.
“We might be lucky in some of the [unopened] bags, but basically this is a lot of nothing.”
Ms Nugent said rather than helping out a charity store, people who dump goods like this are actually harming charities such as Vinnies.
With charity stores having to work within a budget, disposing of inappropriate items “donated” without prior approval is costing them a packet.
“Our waste bill has been up to $2500 a month,” Ms Nugent said.
“This lot will fill my skip and is going to send that bill sky high and blow our budget.
“The Salvos probably cop this too.”
Ms Nugent said Vinnies has “tried to do the right thing” educating the community about the right way to go about donating, but the message is falling by the wayside – never more evident than on the weekend.
“If anyone is having a garage sale, all they have to do is call us and we can have a look what they want to get rid of,” she said.
If anyone wishes to donate goods to Vinnies, they can call 6491 8550.
The public is also reminded dumping of goods outside normal business hours is illegal and enforceable by Bega Valley Shire Rangers – as is clearly stated at Vinnies’ main entrance.