The Vinnies store at Nimbin is being forced to fence off its donation bins to guard against illegal dumping during the holiday season.
The store will not be accepting any donations from now until 13 January.
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Lismore Central Council executive officer Michael Timbrell said past experience showed that some people took advantage of the closure to dump unwanted items at the donations bins.
‘It can be extremely disheartening for our volunteers when they are forced to cope with mountains of damaged goods; dirty clothing; and household rubbish – especially at this time of year.’
‘The removal of damaged items and tip fees also cost Vinnies greatly – crucial money that should be going to people experiencing disadvantage over Christmas, when many families struggle the most.”
“For these reasons, between now and up until Wednesday, 13 January 2016 while the shop is closed, Vinnies Nimbin will not be accepting any donations,’ he said.
Mr Timbrell encouraged the Nimbin community to wait until the shop re-opens in the New Year to make any donations.