Vinnies Nimbin being used as a rubbish tip for unwanted items
ILLEGAL dumping at Vinnies Nimbin has become such an issue, the charity will be fencing off its donation bins and paved areas while it is closed for the holiday period.
"Our volunteers work extremely hard to ensure that the community's most vulnerable people are offered a hand up when they need it most," Executive Officer at the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Lismore Central Council.Michael Timbrell said.
"Even when our shops are closed over the festive season, our dedicated volunteers are still working - emptying donation bins, driving our collection vans and making sure our donation sites are kept as clear and tidy as possible."
"In the past - despite the courtesy of the majority of the Nimbin community - the holiday period has been an opportune time for some households to undertake a clean out in the New Year, but rather than take items to the local tip, unwanted items and damaged goods are illegaly dumped outside our shop.
"It can be extremely disheartening for our volunteers when they are forced to cope with mountains of damaged goods; dirty clothing; and household rubbish - especially at this time of year.
"The removal of damaged items and tip fees also cost Vinnies greatly - crucial money that should be going to people experiencing disadvantage over Christmas, when many families struggle the most."
For these reasons Mr Timbrell said between now and up until Wednesday, 13 January 2016 while the shop is closed, Vinnies Nimbin will not be accepting any donations.
Mr Timbrell encouraged the Nimbin community to wait until the shop re-opens in the New Year to make any donations.
"Quality donations really do make a difference to those facing tough times and are always greatly appreciated by Vinnies," Mr Timbrell said.
"We are asking the Nimbin community to please not to leave any items exposed around the Nimbin shop during the holiday period and to instead drop off goods during business hours when the store has re-opened in the New Year."
"Another good rule to follow is to donate clothes, bric-a-brac and books that you would give to a friend or relative - any items that are damaged or are in too poor a condition to give to a friend or relative should be taken to the tip."