Op Shop Forced To Remove Bin Amid 'Marie Kondo-Inspired Dumping'
An op shop has resorted to removing a donation bin from one of its Sydney sites after being "inundated" with dumped items.
A minister was barely able to reach the front door of Lugar Brae Uniting Church in Bronte, in the city's east, over the piles of discarded items that had been left on the property.
Boxes, clothes, pillows and plastic bags pooled around the overflowing charity bin -- until Thursday when staff from Wayside Chapel removed it.
General Manager Anna Young said Marie Kondo could be to blame.
"It's usually busy at this time of year, but this is not normal," she told 10 daily.
I've never seen anything like it.
Young said she started watching the popular TV show, that encourages people to keep only items that 'spark joy' -- but became "so frustrated [she] couldn't keep watching it".
"There was no solution as to where those dumped items go," she said.
Young was advised to remove the bin at Bronte. She'd had to pull employees from other areas of the business to help after the two staff whose job it is to sort through the donated items were left overwhelmed.
“I can’t use anything that’s been on the ground to provide to homeless people as emergency clothing or in the op shop. It’s contaminated," she explained.
"Donations left on the ground get rummaged through, scattered and become waste which becomes problematic rather than helpful."
A second shop in North Bondi is also being weighed down with large amounts of rubbish, prompting the op shop to team up with the local council.
Elizabeth MacDonald, Waste Education Officer at Waverley Council said it is collaborating with Wayside to test long-term solutions to the issue of illegal dumping.
"There is no excuse for illegal dumping and we encourage residents to report illegal dumping for investigation," she told 10 daily.
Anna Young says that dumping on charity sites is disrespectful and creates more work for volunteers.
"Ideally people donating to a charity should deliver donations in person to the charity door when open, rather than dumping them next to an overloaded bin," added Young.
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