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Dead animals dumped in local donation bins

Published Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 6:16PM EST

Last Updated Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 6:23PM EST

When the City of Ottawa decided to cut garbage collection down to every other week, local charities did not realize their workers would end up picking up the slack.

CTV News has learned dirty diapers, rotting food, and dead cats are being left in donation bins organized by local charities.

“Since the new law came in people are sending their garbage here,” said bin sorter Mary-Susan Solomon.

Soloman says you’ll often hear a scream and it’s usually a sign a sorter has found something that doesn’t belong.

Neighbourhood Services and St. Vincent de Paul say charities are paying the price for the garbage collection change. The organizations are having to rent more dumpsters and make more trips to the landfill to get rid of other people’s trash.

“I’m talking real garbage – garbage I’m assuming is being left at our drop boxes and back door because people don’t want it in their homes until garbage day,” says Sharron Ducharme a manager with St. Vincent de Paul.

Ducharme says it is degrading to her workers and a cost to her charity.

“People have no place to put it now. They’re looking for a place to dump and what is more convenient than the local charity drop boxes?” said Patricia Lemieux of Ottawa Neighbourhood Services.

Ottawa moved to bi-weekly garbage collection at the end of October. The move was to extend the life of the landfill and to save $9 million per year.

Charities are worried things could get worse when spring cleanup starts and people have a lot more trash to unload.

With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Joanne Schnurr

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Dead animals dumped in local donation bins

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Published Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 6:16PM EST

Last Updated Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 6:23PM EST

When the City of Ottawa decided to cut garbage collection down to every other week, local charities did not realize their workers would end up picking up the slack.

CTV News has learned dirty diapers, rotting food, and dead cats are being left in donation bins organized by local charities.

“Since the new law came in people are sending their garbage here,” said bin sorter Mary-Susan Solomon.

Soloman says you’ll often hear a scream and it’s usually a sign a sorter has found something that doesn’t belong.

Neighbourhood Services and St. Vincent de Paul say charities are paying the price for the garbage collection change. The organizations are having to rent more dumpsters and make more trips to the landfill to get rid of other people’s trash.

“I’m talking real garbage – garbage I’m assuming is being left at our drop boxes and back door because people don’t want it in their homes until garbage day,” says Sharron Ducharme a manager with St. Vincent de Paul.

Ducharme says it is degrading to her workers and a cost to her charity.

“People have no place to put it now. They’re looking for a place to dump and what is more convenient than the local charity drop boxes?” said Patricia Lemieux of Ottawa Neighbourhood Services.

Ottawa moved to bi-weekly garbage collection at the end of October. The move was to extend the life of the landfill and to save $9 million per year.

Charities are worried things could get worse when spring cleanup starts and people have a lot more trash to unload.

With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Joanne Schnurr

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To be fair, its almost impossible to judge what they'll accept for donation these days.

Its seems like everything needs to be practically new or alive.

So picky nowadays.

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CTV News has learned dirty diapers, rotting food, and dead cats are being left in donation bins organized by local charities.

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Of course, there's nothing saying the cats were dead when they were put in there.

Sounds like the donation people might have had live cats if they picked up more frequently.

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It might be seen as green to reduce garbage collection and force recycling but it will have the side effect of increasing the amount of garbage dumped in inappropriate areas.

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