Post-Christmas rubbish dumping at the Salvation Army has shocked the organisation.JENNA BISHOP January 29, 2014 4:22am
Ripped and soiled mattresses, broken furniture and dilapidated couches litter the donations area at the Salvation Army Hall on Victoria St.
The Salvation Army has been inundated with donations in the post-Christmas period, with many items unusable or broken.
Salvation Army Captain Judith Brown, who recently started at the Seymour division, said the rubbish that had been dumped was disgusting.
‘‘It breaks my heart to see it all,’’ Capt Brown said.
‘‘We won’t be able to sell some of this and it costs us money to get rid of it.
‘‘We then can’t use the money for the things it’s earmarked for, such as welfare.’’
She said electrical items such as washing machines and televisions could not be accepted by the Salvation Army, and would have to be taken to the tip.
She said people had also dumped broken crockery and toys, bike parts, damaged furniture and other items which could not be sold in the shop.
‘‘If you wouldn’t use it yourself, you shouldn’t expect someone else to,’’ Capt Brown said.
Capt Brown said people stealing and rifling through the bins had also become a big problem, which was disappointing for the organisation.
She said the Salvation Army would be cracking down on stealing out of respect for those who do the right thing.
‘‘We need to respect that fact that some people have come in and given us donations and then someone comes in and steals it,’’ she said.
Salvation Army volunteers will continue to sort through the dumped items and hope to reopen the store after a clean-up in the next couple of weeks.
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