In Woodstock, Ont., The Salvation Army won’t be accepting after-hours donations. “It’s not that we don’t want the community’s donations, it’s that they are being stolen, wrecked or people are dumping garbage,” says Vanessa Scotney-Page, director of community and family services at The Salvation Army.
Last year, dumping costs ate up $30,000 of the Army’s budget. But, the biggest problem with after-hours donations is that people often steal the items before staff can process them.
Surveillance cameras are set up to monitor the drop-off area, but these don’t seem to deter the culprits.
Will the new chains across access routes be a deterrent? What should the Army do?