Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Rubbish dumped on charity

HOUSEHOLD rubbish is being dumped at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

Food waste, rubbish and broken goods are being left at the donation station at Joyce Grove.

In the last six months the charity has had to hire a skip, on average, once a month to remove the waste, which costs the same as four nurses for a day at the hospice.

The donation station is where people can leave things to be sold at the charity’s sales, which take place every three weeks. Volunteers then sort through the goods.

Tracey Hancock, head of fund-raising for the hospice, said: “In recent months, we have seen an alarming increase in household rubbish and waste being left at the donation station.

“This not only means our wonderful volunteers, who work so hard to sort the donations ready for each sale, have the unpleasant and time-consuming job of removing it, but it also has a financial impact as we have to pay to have it taken away.

“The majority of goods donated to us are wonderful and help us to make each sale as unique and varied as ever, but can we please make a plea that you do not treat us as a refuse tip but take your rubbish and unsuitable goods to the local tip and not leave them for us to dispose of?”

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