My shop prides itself on helping people and donates thousands of dollars every year to organisations and projects both locally and abroad.
But the burden of disposing of other people’s rubbish has become a huge problem and diverts vital funds away from those who need it most. We pay far too much money in tip fees to dispose of unsaleable items left after hours in the donation bin and outside the shop, and from all reports, this is an increasingly disturbing problem for op shops all over the country, costing millions of dollars every year in disposal fees and wasting many hours of valuable volunteer time.
After doing some research, we came across this checklist for our community members to refer to before making their next donation and it really has worked!
“Ask yourself these simple questions:
- Is the item still intact?
- Has the item been washed or cleaned?
- Is the item in good condition?
- Do you think that the item is good enough to sell?
If the answer to all of these questions is YES then your item is in an acceptable condition to donate.
Then ask yourself these questions:
- Am I giving away this item because it does not work?
- Am I giving away this item because it is dirty?
- Am I giving away this item because I have no other way of disposing of it?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES then it is not a donation and you may actually be costing the op shop money through waste disposal expenses.”
Since we started this campaign last year, things have definitely improved. I believe getting our community’s support has made all the difference in sending out the very clear message of stop dumping waste on our charities!