Have a heart, litterbugs

Waste not: Salvos Campbellfield store manager Bob Westhorpe demonstrates how to use new donation bins at the site. Picture: Michael CoppAFTER-hours furniture dumping is creating a headache for the Campbellfield Salvation Army store, with inclement weather ruining stock overnight.
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Marketing manager Laura Qureshi says the store, which operates Monday-Saturday, is having trouble with people leaving donations at the premises on a Sunday when noone is working there to move the stock inside.

She said cold and wet weather had resulted in a big amount of furniture being unsaleable.

“Definitely on weekends there’s the problem of donating things at the wrong time. It’s a two-pronged negative. Not only do we have to pay the cost of disposing of the unusable stock, but we also don’t get money from that sale.

“Once something has been water-damaged or stained we can’t sell that to our customers. As soon as it’s been left out in the weather it will often be ruined.”

Ms Qureshi said people needed to be more aware of the store’s trading hours.

She said dumping of rubbish was also a problem at the Campbellfield store, though not as bad as some other stores.

The Salvos spend about $1.5 million each year to remove the rubbish dumped outside their stores in Victoria.

“Dumping of rubbish [at Campbellfield] is not bad Monday to Friday, but they get a little bit of overflow on weekends,” Ms Qureshi said.

She said good-quality furniture, including lounge suites, clean beds and chairs, was in high demand at the store.

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