This serves two purposes for Council. It means they don’t have to provide the service already paid for through our rates, and it pushes the problem onto someone else. In reality it will create an enormous and costly headache for the charity shops.
It is yet another example of Council bureaucrats not understanding the situations they create because of their inability to think through the issues.
The greatest problem faced by the island’s op shops (Red Cross, SPCA, Hope Shop) is the dumping of rubbish. Every day the volunteers at these charity shops have to wade through mountains of trash dumped on their doorsteps overnight. This happens despite regular pleas from shop managers on social media for people to only donate items that are fit for sale.
I do volunteer work at the Waiheke SPCA shop where rubbish is dumped by the trailer load overnight, and has to be sifted through by volunteers. 90% of it has to be sent to the island’s transfer station because it is unfit for use in the shop. It actually costs the SPCA money to take the rubbish to the transfer station.
This is a problem not only on Waiheke but nationwide.
Don't use our charity stores as a dumping ground – that's the plea from the Salvation Army.
The charity says its west Auckland offices are being targeted, with people dumping everything from food waste to dirty nappies.
The Sallies says it also has a problem with scavenging.
"They're obviously treating it as a dumping ground," says New Lynn Salvation Army's Major Russell Sawyer.
Food waste, soiled clothing, stained mattresses, broken toys – you name it, it gets dumped.
The Salvation Army says it is an expert at helping people in need, but not rubbish collection.
Yet people use them as a tip, and it's all been caught on camera. 3 News has obtained CCTV footage of people dumping during the day and at night.
In the world of waste that is Auckland Council it is Hutber’s Law that reigns supreme. Hutber’s law states that whenever a Council or Government agency tells you are getting ‘improvement’ what it really means is ‘deterioration’ and at greater cost.
Council’s new policy has imposed restrictions on the amount they will collect from households, has tried to pass the burden onto charity shops, will charge you if you exceed your quota, and has increased the cost of the collection by paying third parties, at least on Waiheke, to perform the service previously undertaken by its own contractors.
It will come as no surprise that the third party that profits from this reduced service is the Waiheke ‘Waste of’ Resources Trust, the Green Party front organisation run by the Stansfield partnership. Isn’t it ironic that it is this organisation that encourages the biggest use of plastic bags on the island – the red rubbish bags that litter the roadside.