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2007 stats and views on illegal dumping

30 June 2010

During 2007, The Salvation Army’s Furniture Re-Use Project in Perth has grown and developed as a major player in Furniture Re-Use in the Perth area.  It has undertaken around 1400 free Furniture Collections, covering all household furniture including electrical items, and as a result, diverted approximately 110 tonnes from landfill.   600 deliveries have been made to customers plus an additional 1000 sales where items have been taken away by customers.  Around 80% of customers are estimated to be on low incomes – around 1250 people – and these have either purchased items at the marked low prices, or by way of Social Worker referrals, received discounts.  Approximately 20% of sales have been for people known to be moving from homelessness into secure tenancies.

Turnover has increased greatly, which has helped us employ our fourth full-time staff member.  All staff have come through homelessness and are now enjoying lives in ful employment and secure tenancies.  We have also hosted 7 volunteers who are or have been homeless.

With all this success in mind, it is disappointing that some people have taken advantage of our goodwill.  On a number of occasions throughout the last few months, staff have arrived at the Kilda Place warehouse to find items of furniture dumped at the front door.  This is despite a sign on the door requesting that donors refrain from doing this, but phone the office to arrange a suitable collection/drop off time.  To compound matters, the items left were not suitable for the Furniture Project to use because they either didn’t comply with Furniture and Fire Safety Regulations, or had been damaged by rain, heavy frosts or dew, having been left out all night.

Whilst The Salvation Army is always grateful for the generosity of the general public, it gets frustrated by what can only be described as illegal dumping of waste which then has to be disposed of at a cost to the project.  As a self funding project, any unforeseen expenditure of this nature means that it becomes harder to assist people in need.

The Salvation Army Furniture Project offers a free collection service within a 15 mile radius of its North Muirton base from Monday to Friday, and is open for people to bring items in from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm.  We realise that these are not always suitable hours for everyone, but have to work within the constraints of staff and resources available to us.

The Salvation Army wishes to thank genuine donors who have kept the Furniture Project going over the past year and does not want anyone to be put off donating in the year ahead.  It seems a shame that again it is the minority who spoil things but hopefully, reading this article will encourage sensibility amongst them in the future.

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