If you were thinking of cleaning up the home and donating goods to charity this weekend, hold it right there.
If you were thinking of cleaning up the home and donating goods to charity this weekend, hold it right there.

Having a clean out? Don’t do this

VINNIES has issued a plea to Queenslanders with time on their hands ahead of the Easter long weekend.

"Stay at home and save lives - don't drive donations to your local Vinnies where they will be wasted and cost us money to remove. Hold onto them for when our shops re-open," Vinnies chief Kevin Mercer said.

"Don't leave them at our doors, don't leave them at our bins, don't leave them outside our fenced warehouses."

"Find a spot in your garage, your wardrobe or under the stairs and keep your donations at home until we re-open. Your community will need them more than ever at that time."

Mr Mercer said to stop the spread of COVID-19, shops are closed and donations can't be collected or re-purposed.

He said most people do the right thing and don't dump on Vinnies, but others don't realise they're breaking the law.

In fact, local and state authorities have strict laws against dumping and littering.

Mr Mercer said dumping increases during the evening when people think they won't be spotted, and is often picked up on Vinnies' CCTV cameras.

However, Vinnies don't want people doing it tough due to COVID-19 be charged for illegal dumping, or break the government's isolation restrictions.

"Everyone is struggling right now, with job losses and businesses closing. Vinnies is busy helping people by providing a crisis response in the form of emergency relief of food, utilities and payments for rent and medicine," Mr Mercer said.

"We don't want the public to be fined for illegal dumping at this difficult time, but if they do, they could very well receive a hefty fine."

"I also don't think driving your household items to a closed Vinnies shop or donation bin is considered an essential outing under our current social distancing directives and police are cracking down this weekend."

Originally published as Having a clean out? Don't do this


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