Added on: 14th October, 2020 by O1
Residents across the Bromley borough are being asked not to leave unwanted goods outside closed charity shops as those items are treated as fly-tipping and removed, making those leaving them liable for a fine and the charities without the intended benefit.
Charity shops, business communities and Bromley Council are requesting that donations are made in open hours following contact with the respective shop.
Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services. ďAs we have spent more time at home in recent months, a lot of us have perhaps spent more time have clear-outs and doing DIY projects and the like. People should always speak to the charity shop first during their normal business hours to arrange acceptance of donations and never leave unwanted goods in doorways or on the pavement for others to clear up.
"Often, the charity shop will need to pay to dispose of the goods donated or dumped outside their shop and you could actually risk prosecution for flytipping. We want town centres to be welcoming, secure and clean places where customers are confident to shop and being respectful towards charity shops will help with this and I know they will thank you for this and your much needed donations.Ē
Shoes, clothes, textiles and batteries and more can be taken to one of the on-street recycling banks or recycled in a household collection. Further information on donating goods is available on the Bromley Council website.
Residents with items unsuitable for charity, may be interested in the councilís bulky waste scheme for which there is a minimum charge of £36. A full list of prices is available when booked or a no-obligation estimate available in advance from a council Neighbourhood Officer visit.
Charity Shops can download a pdf of this poster HERE
Items for disposal can also be taken to one of the councilís reuse and recycling centres at Waldo Road Bromley, or Churchfields Road, Beckenham. Alternatively, residents could arrange for a retailer to remove and dispose of their unwanted item(s) when delivering new goods.
More information on residential waste and recycling can be found on the Bromley Council website.