The “donation” part they understand. It’s the “gently used” part that can be a problem.
Much as Goodwill Niagara director of operations Karen Drobnich loves to see stuff dropped off, she’d just as soon people dispose of their own garbage. Dropping junk off at Goodwill costs the organization upwards of $100,000 per year to haul away.
“It comes out of our budget … and the costs are enormous,” she says.
It has been a problem in recent years as the bag limits and strict rules for collections have some people skirting the rules.
This weekend’s first annual citywide Spring Clean-up encouraged residents to bring their unwanteds to the Scotiabank Convention Centre parking, where Goodwill, Niagara Furniture bank and Project SHARE were accepting donations.
All donations earned $1 admission to the Niagara Home & Garden Show at the convention centre Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday saw cars lined up to drop off stuff, says Drobnich. Of the truckload of goods accepted, only a busted rocking chair and broken TV were refused. Everything else went to the Goodwill store on Portage Rd.
This weekend also saw the launch of the new Reusable Goods Drop-Off at the Humberstone Landfill in Welland, allowing residents to donate items which don’t have to go in a landfill. The drop-off point is located at the entrance of the site.
Items like clothing, household wares, furniture, functioning appliances, sporting equipment, toys and instruments are accepted.
The site at 700 Humberstone Rd. is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The convention centre drop-off will coincide with the Home & Garden Show every year, says Scotiabank Convention Centre director of Human resources Tammy Sweeney.
“People are cleaning things out of their home then going to look at new items for their home,” she says. “It’s a great tie-in.”
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