FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The two Canadian Diabetes Association Clothing (CDA) collection Bins that are located in the Walmart parking lot continue to give more trouble than help for the North Peace Gymnastics Association (NPGA).
With recent incidents across the Country with people trying to get into collection bins to take donated items, the CDA retrofitted all of their bins to prevent further injury.
The Bins in FSJ have a different recurring problem, the padlock is being cut and the contents of the bins are being rifled through. The issue is once the donations leave the bin, they are no longer protected from the elements and are deemed contaminated. The CDA will not pick up the load and the NPGA bares the cost of having to collect the ruined donations and pay to have these items dumped, which leaves the NPGA out of pocket.
Over the past two and a half months the NPGA has had to replace 8 locks.
Chantelle Yates of the NPGA is contracted out by the CDA to take care of the bins since the closest branch is located in Edmonton. Yates said that usually, volunteers with the NPGA empty the bins between once and twice a week, Yates said the club receives 75 cents from the CDA for every 20 lbs. bag of clothing that is collected and sorted. With the raised funds going back to the club.
The recurring issue with the contents of the bins being spoiled and the cost of dumping fees, Yates will be approaching the PRRD to see if there is a way to offset the fee to alleviate the financial drain to the club.