Disturbingly, this is not the first time I observed a donation site turning into a community dumping site. It is not the first time I read about it either happening in other communities. In Aurora, by the Superstore, piles of non-textile waste in front of Canada Diabetes drop off boxes are often on display. Couches, hockey nets, kids playgrounds, furniture, you name it, it’s there.
Some days when I drive by, the view is a real eye sore, it’s also a mind sore in that common sense rarely exists when it comes to dumping.
Revenue earned by Canada Diabetes from their environmental initiative textile-waste diversion from landfills program, funds diabetes medical research. To further expand their revenue sources in addition to their textile waste home pick up program, Canada Diabetes set up designated textile waste drop off sites on many private commercial properties. It’s a goodwill program with continuous benefits, that is an environmental initiative that funds medical research and at the same time contributes to our lifestyle, making it healthier by helping us to de-clutter our closets.
For this diversion program to be effective people must follow the guidelines. Drop off clothing, shoes and other textile based products only. Everything else is garbage and imposes burden on the effectiveness of the system and even may cause liability issues for the property owners. Since Canada Diabetes, presumably, is responsible for maintaining these drop off sites, they are also responsible for all the non-textile garbage some decide to bring with their textile waste.
Just a friendly reminder again, it’s a donation site, not a dumping site. Respect it. Making your clutter issue into someone else’s clutter issue just forces it to pass through more hands before it is diverted appropriately. Something to think about.
Anna Lozyk Romeo, Editor’s Notes
Copyright 2018 Anna Lozyk Romeo / Living in Aurora