Business tired of charity boxes used as dumping grounds
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | September 7, 2017|
Laura Porzuczek pulls up to the Canadian Diabetes Assocation donation boxes at Minden Mercantile & Feed. She takes her charitable donation of used clothing and cloth from her vehicle and places it inside one of the three red bins.
“I’ve been doing this for years,” she says, a tradition passed down from her mother.
If her donation doesn’t fit into the box, she doesn’t leave it on the ground outside. She returns it to her car and takes it elsewhere, perhaps another charity, or the recycling tent at the Scotch Line landfill.
“I get so upset when I drive by and see items that have been dumped on the ground outside of the boxes,” she says. “It’s not so far to the dump. And, it must be upsetting for Minden Mercantile & Feed since it costs them time and money to remove the unwanted items.”
The business' owner, Kelly Pearce, says dumping items that the association doesn’t want, and especially items left on the ground, “is a problem.”
She says some people do use the site as a dumping ground, including someone who recently decided it was okay to drop off a couch while the business was closed for the night. The charity does not accept furniture. When people see junk piled outside the boxes, they unfortunately add to it, Pearce adds.
It leaves Minden Mercantile & Feed with a mess at times that they’re forced to clean up.
Pearce recalls another morning coming to work to find three chairs, another time, a watermelon. “People just leave junk there.”
Despite providing a home to the charity’s boxes, she says a few bad apples in town, who use it as a garbage dump, “just make the business look really bad.”
“It’s supposed to be clothes,” she emphasizes. “And nothing is supposed to be left outside of the bins.”
Asked for her message to the people of Minden and and surrounding area, she replies “please use the bins as they’re intended to be used. It if doesn’t fit, as inconvenient as that may be, please take it somewhere else for proper disposal.”
According to the association’s website, there are more than 3,000 Diabetes Canada drop boxes located in communities throughout Canada for donations of reusable clothing and cloth items only.
For information on the location of other boxes in Haliburton County, see diabetes.ca.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.