Sallies battle with costly pile of trash

$5200 annual bill to dump the rubbish

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 12/12/2012
Salvation Army family shop manager Bronwyn McCaffley
JOHN BISSET/Fairfax NZ

UNWANTED GOODS: Salvation Army family shop manager Bronwyn McCaffley is left to deal with an assortment of rubbish.

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Timaru's Salvation Army is facing a significant increase in tip fees as people continue to drop unwanted goods outside the service centre.

Staff at the new $500,000 family shop are having to dispose of unusable goods including soiled nappies, used underwear and filthy mattresses, which are being left outside the store after hours.

And the cost is piling up to an annual $5200 bill to dump the rubbish.

It follows reports that the Salvation Army is paying $600,000 a year to dispose of scrap left outside its 125 stores.

Timaru shop manager Bronwyn McCaffley says it cost $1761 in tip fees just for the three months to November.

She says the shop is clearly signposted but people are ignoring instructions.

"We're having to dump a lot of stuff; quite often it's mattresses, we want nice clean and tidy mattresses."

The store does not accept used televisions, computers or washing machines but they are also being dumped.

"If people leave stuff after hours, other people come and go through it; they rip the bags open."

Major Murray Sanson says tip costs have increased significantly. "It's just one of those unfortunate things."

Building of the new 232 square-metres store at the roundabout where Wai Iti Rd meets Otipua Rd started in June, and it officially opened on Monday.

The new facility has a more spacious shop floor, changing rooms, offices and toilets.

A house on the site, owned by the Salvation Army, was demolished to make way for the new store. The old store on the site will eventually house social workers, budget advisers and advocates.

About 20 people work at the headquarters - two ministers, a community minister, family store manager, food bank manager, delivery persons, budget advisers and volunteers.

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- The Timaru Herald

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