Australia in the charity sin bin
With illegal dumping costing charities millions of dollars every year, Keep Australia Beautiful is calling for tougher fines for illegal dumping and monitoring of dumping hot spots.
Keep Australia Beautiful’s Chief Executive Officer Philip Robinson said action would prevent charity bins going the way of the dodo.
Donating unwanted goods to charity is a great alternative to throwing them away, but you’re not helping anyone by turning charity bins into dumpsites.
Donations help raise vital funds for the community services these charities provide – let’s not let a few bad eggs ruin it for everyone.
It’s estimated 40 per cent of donations to charities in New South Wales are unusable, with illegally dumped waste burdening charities with $3 million in disposal costs a year.
Donate to charity shops during opening hours. This will ensure large items which do not fit in charity bins can be taken on the spot and not left out to be damaged by weather or vandals.
According to the National Litter Index, the volume of illegal dumping has decreased by 54% in New South Wales over the past 10 years.
We need to continue this impressive downward trend in New South Wales and lead the country in the fight against illegal dumping.
How does your state stack up?
- The volume of illegal dumping has doubled in Queensland, and Tasmania.
- Illegal dumping is on the increase in South Australia.
- Western Australia has the second-highest volume of illegal dumping in the country.
- The volume of illegal dumping has decreased by nearly 70% in Victoria over the past 10 years.
Find out more kab.org.au/dob-in-a-litterer.