'Bloody shocking' scenes in shopping centre car park: 'Grinds my gears'

Fury has boiled over online after a photo of donations dumped outside charity bins in Perth went viral.

In an image uploaded to Facebook, huge piles of items can be seen scattered around three yellow containers belonging to Good Sammy, a charity that helps West Australians with disabilities find work.

The picture was taken in the car park of Kardinya Park shopping centre in the city’s southwest. It also captures a young girl by the side of a car, looking towards the donations, as well as an older person with a zimmer frame with an item in their hands.

“Kardinya…come on man who is meant to collect this stuff,” the caption beside the photo read. Since it was posted on Sunday, users have shared their frustration over the situation.

Piles of donations in front of three Good Sammy charity bins at Kardinya Park shopping centre.
Piles of donations were seen in front of three Good Sammy charity bins at Kardinya Park shopping centre in Perth. Source: Facebook

'Sociopathic' dumpers have 'no respect'

“If the bins are full it is our responsibility to not leave our stuff there, it is not a free rubbish dump,” one person wrote. “People just dump stuff with no respect,” said another. While others slammed the move as “bloody shocking.”

“This sort of self-involved, self-centred, arrogant behaviour really grinds my gears,” another said. “Ironically these geese probably tell others they give to charity when they’re really littering and adding to the charities’ costs.”

“[It’s ] a mixture of fly-tipping, pure laziness and even penny pinching,” someone else wrote. “Avoiding a trip to the tip and possible costs by passing the burden on to others. Sociopathic.”

More donations outside the Good Samy charity bins in Kardinya.
Someone else on Facebook shared images of the same Good Samy bins in Kardinya surrounded by donations just five weeks earlier. Source: Facebook

“These charities shouldn’t have to constantly go through other people’s rubbish dumped at charity bins to find things in good enough condition to be on-sold,” someone else wrote. “Soon all the charity bins will be gone because of behaviour like this.”

While others claimed that the items left on the ground had been “pulled out” of the collection bins. “You get people climbing into the bins to take out stuff,” one person said. “There are people who climb in, take the contents out, spread it around and cherry pick, leaving a mess,” another claimed.

“It gets raided daily by the scum and never cleaned up properly, I’ve never seen it clean,” someone else commented. “It’s the weekly donations getting ransacked every Sunday,” added another.

Piles of unwanted goods outside Waverley Vinnies in Sydney's east.
Piles of unwanted goods were spotted outside Waverley Vinnies in Sydney's east. Source: Supplied

Items left outside go to waste

Sadly, charities say dumping outside of donation bins and store fronts is all too common and it leaves them bogged down with items they can’t sell.

“Quality donations are so important to us which is why it is disheartening to hear of donations being placed adjacent to our Community Collection Points where they can get stolen or damaged,” Good Sammy CEO Kane Blackman told Yahoo News Australia.

“Unfortunately once donations are damaged they are not able to be sold by Good Sammy and we incur a waste disposal cost. This is a cost which, as a charity, we would prefer to do without. Fortunately, most people who make donations to Good Sammy do the right thing and, for that, we are most grateful.”

Some charities spend close to $250,000 each year on tipping costs for goods that cannot be recycled, according to the Government of Western Australia. Leaving donation materials outside a charity bin, even if the bin is full, is considered littering under WA laws and dumpers can be fined $200 for “incorrect deposit” of their donation.

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