Hospice staff upset at fly tipping
Arohanui Hospice Shop staff are fed up with their charity store being used as a dump.
A pile of broken wood, carpet offcuts, chicken wire, broken chairs and empty boxes met staff at the back of the shop on Rangitikei Line in Palmerston North as they arrived at work early yesterday.
The pile was "rubbish", Arohanui Hospice Shop co-manager Joy McDonald said.
Although the charity appreciated all the excellent items they were donated, things like this were nothing but a burden, she said.
All it did was pass off the cost of dump fees to the organisation, money that would otherwise go to the hospice.
"Not only are they not giving anything, they're taking away."
The only item that may give some clue as to where the rubbish came from is a set of glittery pink plastic drawers, with the words "FTP", "Highbury", "Westside" and "YOLO" scrawled in marker pen.
Although the issue of people leaving rubbish at the shop wasn't a new one, staff were sick of it, McDonald said.
Items including household rubbish, analogue televisions, microwaves and broken furniture were routinely left at the back of the shop - items which should have been disposed of at the dump or recycling centre.
"Anything you can think of has been dumped," she said.
Palmerston North City Council rubbish and recycling asset engineer Natasha Simmons said illegal dumping, also known as fly tipping, was a long-term problem, but it had become particularly bad about 18 months ago.
At the time, the council carried out a survey of second-hand dealers, which included a question on how much they spent on waste disposal.
About two months ago another charitable organisation had been in touch about the increasing problem of fly tipping at charity stores.
The survey would be discussed at a meeting in two weeks' time.
Simmons said the council would look at ways it could help.