We?re not a tip!
By CRAIG McTEAR
MARGARET Bridgman is fed up with people treating the Salvation Army Red Shield Family Store as a dumping ground.
The store manager and her colleagues are confronted each morning with a wasteland of items they simply can't use and have to take to the tip.
Tyres, stained and torn mattresses and old televisions frequently turn up outside Coffs Harbour's Gordon Street store.
Other charities in the city are experiencing similar problems.
"We're not here to be rubbish collectors, and dumping is an offence," Mrs Bridgman said. "We only want things which are useable.
"We don't take any electrical goods because we don't have the facilities to repair them, and household rubbish and building materials are also not on." People relying on the Salvos' help shouldn't be expected to use items which householders treated as rubbish.
"They should be treated with dignity and respect," Mrs Bridgman said.
Residents needed to remember that even if they dumped suitable items outside the shop, they wouldn't reach their intended target ? those in real need ? when passersby helped themselves.
If goods can't be placed safely in the charity bins provided, they should be dropped in to the store during business hours ? 9am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to noon on Saturday.
Alternatively, the shop can send a truck to your house to collect them.
For further information, contact the store on 6652 8513.