Think before you dump
VINNIES has a clear message for people this Christmas: Think before you dump, we are all on the same team.
Dumping at Vinnies blue bins and shops is a waste of time and money - and takes from those in need of their support, the charity organisation has said.
Christmas is a busy time for most of us - and for the St Vincent de Paul Society it is their busiest time of year.
The Society is hard at work assisting those who can use a hand-up this Christmas, and also busy sorting through the community's genuine donations which support this important work.
Unfortunately, the Society also sees an increase in dumping at Vinnies at Christmas.
They are asking for assistance from the public in putting an end to dumping at their shops and around the Vinnies blue bins over the Christmas holidays.
Angelo Grande, Recycling and Waste Management Facilitator for the St Vincent de Paul, Lismore offered this reminder: "It is really disappointing that a small percentage of the public dump on Vinnies, as our volunteers work hard to raise money through the sale of goods, to help people in the community.
"Our bins clearly display the kind of goods we cannot accept - if you leave these items it is DUMPING. If bins are full, items left around them are at risk of getting wet or stolen.
"You can assist us by bringing your donations to your local store during store trading hours. We really appreciate your genuine donations.”
Wasteful, damaged and unsellable materials have to be disposed of by Vinnies, driving up their waste management costs and taking away from our much-needed work in the community.
Please don't consider Vinnies shops and bins as a dumping ground and make their volunteers clear up garbage.