Charity sends your donations to landfill
PUBLISHED: 09:40 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 15 June 2010
A NATIONAL charity has admitted throwing away items donated to its Honiton shop.
A NATIONAL charity has admitted throwing away items donated to its Honiton shop.As Cancer Research UK advertised for donations of household goods in its Lace Walk shop front, a pile of discarded previous donations awaited collection from bin men in an alleyway at the back of the premises.Crockery bearing barcode labels, videos and CDs were piled high when your Herald spied the scene.A reader, disgusted that Cancer Research UK doesn't recycle household items, tipped this newspaper off and said: "Instead of knocking the price down or passing the goods on to the needy, this charity is simply throwing things away. It's wasteful and quite outrageous."Karlene McFarlane, Cancer Research UK's retail spokesperson, admitted the items were sent to landfill."Generally, we don't throw things away willy-nilly," she told the Herald."The only time we throw things away is if there's no way we can sell them."The Herald sent Ms McFarlane photographs of the 'rubbish' piled high and asked why the new crockery items, for example, could not have been given to worthy causes such as the women's refuge in Honiton.She replied: "As much as it looks like a lot of stuff, it was part of a clearance."The items had already been on the shop floor, stored and then put out for sale for a second time. It's things that didn't really shift."Ms McFarlane said Cancer Research UK recycles all unsold clothing items.The clearout of household goods was part of changeover and doesn't happen on a regular basis, she added.