Seven tonnes of rubbish including rotting fruit was dumped outside a Vinnies charity shop over Christmas leaving frustrated volunteers exhausted after being forced to clean up the mess.
The Vinnies store in Westside Circle, Tasmania shared a photo to Facebook showing just a quarter of the rubbish left outside the shop on December 29.
The photo showed a pile of rubbish, including bags of rotting fruit, lawn clippings, mouldy clothing, furniture all mounted outside.
Furious at the sight they were welcomed to in the New Year, Vinnies Tasmania slammed residents for the added stress for their volunteers.
The Vinnies store in Westside Circle, Tasmania shared a horrific photo to Facebook showing just a quarter of the rubbish left outside the shop on December 29 (pictured)
‘So much for the Christmas spirit,’ the post began.
‘Can you begin to imagine the dismay, disappointment and frustration our hard working staff and volunteers felt when they were confronted with this sight?’
The team revealed that 2020 was ‘one of the most challenging years’ for them and were hoping for some ‘kindness and thoughtfulness’.
A huge seven tonnes was thrown out from the donations which saw most contaminated from contamination, which included bags of rotting fruit and vegetables, lawn clippings and wet clothing.
The waste in donations was found to be ‘roughly a quarter of our normal monthly total’.
Vinnies apologised to those who donated good quality products and items that then had to be thrown out.
They asked residents who desperately needed to get rid of something to next time donate in-store or organise a pick-up with one of the volunteers.
‘Every time we post photos such as this, we get all sorts of comments. Ranging from tip fees are too expensive to the fact we receive these donations for free, so we should stop complaining,’ they continued.
‘The St Vincent de Paul Society Tasmania is not responsible for the cost of tip fees.
‘Come on Tasmania, we can be a lot better than this! Let’s have some respect and dignity for ourselves, others and also the environment by not dumping!’
Vinnies called on people to do in-store donations or call a volunteer to pick up (stock)
Social media users were left furious at the treatment of Vinnies volunteers and apologised on behalf of the atrocious behaviour.
‘I am so sorry this has occurred. SVDP staff and volunteers are amazing. I pray over the ensuing days the pain this has caused is unwound by kindness and charitable donations. God Bless you all,’ someone wrote.
‘Oh my God that is terrible. I can’t believe people would actually dump rubbish like this. This is not on!’ another commented.
‘I’m so sad to think that people would be this disrespectful to you and your volunteers,’ another wrote.
‘Not good at all. Sorry this has happened and that hard working volunteers are no doubt left to clean up,’ someone else wrote.