Fierce debate has erupted after a photo surfaced of an unsightly mess dumped in front of a public charity donation bin.
Dining chairs, lounge chairs and a huge pile of clothing was pictured dumped next to a big donation bin in Hervey Bay, in southern Queensland, last weekend.
The people responsible for the disastrous scene were labeled “lazy” and “feral” by locals after evidence of their handy work was shared to a community group on Facebook.
While many were quick to condemn the irresponsible behaviour, others argued there were few other options given the local council did not provide a hard waste roadside pick-up service.
“Totally uncalled for. It clearly states to drop things off during business hours... it’s ridiculous. Just wait until they are open or go to the dump. Lazy,” one person wrote.
Another agreed, saying it was “disgusting” and everyone should take their unwanted furniture to the Fraser Coast waste facility.
“But hey, it’s free to leave there, they didn’t have to pay. It’s so wrong,” they added.
According to council requirements, unwanted furniture can be donated to second-hand stores, but they must be delivered during business hours and be in sellable condition.
It seemed the dumper had neither of these rules in mind when they were seeking to get rid of the furniture.
“It’s got nothing to do with donations. This is just laziness and not the right way of donating. This shop works very hard to maintain a standard and they are the ones who have to clean up this s***,” one person wrote.
‘Just take it to the tip’
Many pleaded with people to take their hard rubbish straight to the tip if it was not suitable to be used by someone else.
“If the shop doesn't want it then take it to the tip,” one said.
Some suggested ways the items could have been passed on more responsibly.
“They could have asked their neighbours if they want free items or advertised here or other groups, or sold them for a few dollars. Not that hard,” a person wrote.
Aside from local paid services that remove hard waste, Hervey Bay locals must organise the transport of their bulky waste to the council’s facility on their own.
This is unlike other areas in Queensland like Brisbane, where kerbside hard waste pick-ups are completed regularly.
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