Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

January Is Peak 'Dump Month'; Vinnies Braces for Illegal Dumping Costs

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

January Is Peak 'Dump Month'; Vinnies Braces for Illegal Dumping Costs

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VINNIES is bracing itself for significant illegal dumping costs over the January holiday period, executive officer at the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Lismore Central Council, Michael Timbrell has said.

"January has become our 'peak dumping month' as a number of households use the summer holidays to clean out after Christmas and get things organised and tidy at home for the year ahead," he said.

"Many of our shops are closed in the first week or two in January -- it's when our hard-working and dedicated volunteers take a well-deserved break.

"Unfortunately, rather than taking damaged, soiled or unwanted items to the local tip, goods are frequently dumped outside our charity shops during this period."

Each year, the Vinnies Lismore Central Council -- which spans from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie -- spends around $200,000 to dispose of unsaleable donations and household rubbish dumped at its shops, Mr Timbrell added.

"The money we are forced to spend on waste management each year is crucial money that should instead be going to people experiencing severe disadvantage in the local community," he said. …

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