Following extensive consultation with local charity groups and a six month trial where a range of measures were successfully tested, a new Code of Practice for the Management of Charity Donation Bins in the ACT (PDF 268KB) (Word 309KB) has been finalised.
The new code of practice aims to achieve a balance between allowing charities to use bins to receive donations to support those in need, while also mitigating against illegal dumping and allowing the ACT Government to undertake focused compliance activities.
The code consolidated the placement of charity bins from more than 50 locations to 14 locations at regional shopping centres with a maximum of 144 charity bins being allowed. The placement of bins in these locations was determined by specific criteria outlined in the code, which included: adequate line of sight, safety of the location, including lighting, and minimising the potential impact on pedestrians, residences and territory assets and services.
Charity bin locations include:
It is the responsibility of the charity concerned to ensure the area around their bins are kept clear, and that the donation bins are well maintained, and free of graffiti.
It is anticipated the code will result in savings to charities through less illegal dumping and less cleanup work. The consolidation of charity bins also allows for better management, by City Rangers, of compliance with the code. As part of this role, City Rangers are checking that charity bins in specific locations are authorised to be there.
The code will be reviewed during 2015 to assess the new locations and to ensure the new sites serve both the community and the charities.