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Beacon: ‘Please don’t dump ... donate’

January 27, 2015
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Once again last weekend individual(s) dropped off a table, chairs, a mattress and several bags of "donations" at the Beacon of H.O.P.E.

"Unfortunately, 90 percent of these items will end up in the dumpster," store manager Ray West said. "And once again it becomes our responsibility to dispose of these things which we will have to pay for. So instead of helping the Beacon we are in the unfortunate position of costing us money."

Thrift stores like the Beacon of H.O.P.E. often have furniture and other goods "dropped off." Goodwill of Southwest Florida has a sign posted on the side of its building notifying people that "dumping is illegal and violators will be prosecuted. Any donation left other than during business hours is considered illegal dumping. The law provides penalties up to $10,000 and one year in jail."

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Table, chairs, a mattress and several bags of “donations” dropped off at the Beacon of H.O.P.E. last weekend.


"The best thing for people to do is to call us to see if we can take what they have," West said. "We do have a list of the items we can not take. It's a list of the things we can't resell. A few of the items we can't take include mattresses, box springs and sleeper sofas. I would also remind people that it's rainy season and people have to realize anything left out in the rain probably can't be resold."

The Beacon does not accept the following items: TV's, monitors, keyboards and printers, car seats, cribs and playpens, appliances or furniture that is rusted, stained or in need of repair.

"WastePro will pick up almost anything," Betsy Haesemeyer, executive director, said. "you just have to notify them what it is you want picked up. We encourage people to call first rather than load it on a truck and bring it down only to learn we can't take what they have. And we just don't have the funds to dispose of these things people just drop off."



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