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One man’s trash is another’s treasure

Tuesday, 12th November, 2013

Lifeline manager Scott Hammond and Mayor Wincen Cuy have a look through the many items available at the Lifeline second hand store at the rubbish tip. Lifeline manager Scott Hammond and Mayor Wincen Cuy have a look through the many items available at the Lifeline second hand store at the rubbish tip.

By Darrin Manuel

Lifeline and Council are asking for the community’s help to ensure reusable treasures aren’t disposed of as trash.

The second hand goods store at the rubbish tip has been thriving since it was reopened by Lifeline, but it seems many perfectly good items are still being needlessly thrown away as junk.

Mayor Wincen Cuy said greater awareness was needed in the community about what items can be used to make life better for someone else.

“What we’re trying to reinforce is the recycling ... they can pull up here at the Lifeline centre and ask whether (items are) reusable and resaleable,” said Clr Cuy.

“You’re recycling the material, but also equally as important, you’re helping a charity - one of these stalwarts of the community to gain greater income and in turn help the community as well.”

Lifeline Broken Hill manager Scott Hammond encouraged people to carefully consider which items were genuinely trash. 

“It’s just part of educating the community on reusable products and the process of getting it out to us,” he said.

“When people are cleaning out their shed, just to stop and think about things that can be re-used rather than going to the rubbish tip.

“They can pull up out the front and let our volunteers look through and see if there is anything that can be re-used in the community.

Mr Hammond said items were effectively lost once people took them past the Lifeline shed and dumped them with common rubbish.

“It’s important that people know our volunteers aren’t scavenging through the rubbish tip - once it goes to the tip face 90 per cent of the time it’s gone.

“Lifeline is not about asking volunteers to go through the rubbish, so we’d just ask people to support us, and also support our volunteers.”

While volunteers working at the shed have received a lot of good feedback regarding the presentation of the store, unfortunately there have been numerous instances of people helping themselves to items which have been left at the store outside of operating hours.

Mr Hammond said it was disappointing to see items taken before they can be redistributed to those in need.

“It’s taking away an opportunity for us to raise money from those items that have been donated in the true spirit of charity.

“We don’t sell things at a high price ... and every dollar that comes back to us helps us provide important services to the community.”

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