AIBU to think that charity shops shouldnt throw out stock?

(28 Posts)
soontobeburns Thu 13-Dec-12 22:12:35

So I volunteer in a charity shop and I'm amazed atwwhat goes to landfill.

If a book or CD has been on the shelved for a month and not sold it ends up in the bin.

If an item is not 100% it goes in the bin (e.g. missing button)

If a toy doesn't have the battery cover in the bin.

If a sofa or table etc has a dirty mark even if it can be removed by cleaning it, it won't be sold and will be sent to the tip.

So AIBU to think that some hospitals or homeless charities etc should have the option of being given them and not have them in landfill?

I have myself rescued from the bin a few books, a Yankee candle holder (nothing wrong with it!) , teddies etc.

It seems such a waste and everyone could be used by someone!! Especially since people donated thinking it would help the charity.

There is a charity shop near me where the woman (who my friend knows well) takes great delight in creaming anything designer, she brags about her "freebies" and has been known to sell stuff on eBay for her own funds, it winds me up.

soontobeburns Fri 14-Dec-12 19:31:54

So I guess IABU. I think it is run similar to what Thisismummy said.

Thanks guys for your replies.

Though can't see myself challenging it as it is a national store and I'm just a young we volunteer lol.

TigerseyeMum Fri 14-Dec-12 19:41:04

I'm surprised to hear this, I spent years supporting people into voluntary work and one young chap said the charity shop he worked in three the rubbish into skips but they hated doing it because it cost them so much - they had to pay the same rates as other high street shops for commercial wheelie bins- businesses can't use domestic waste bins like householders do.

Donating junk to charity costs them money in disposal. Maybe rags and recycling opportunities don't exist everywhere?

Regardless of how much charity shops make they are invaluable to get some of our most vulnerable people working and supported so for that alone I think they are worth supporting.

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