A charity shop volunteer from Pinner is calling on people who are giving donations not to dump their items outside the shop when its closed.
Delia Cazzato, who volunteers at the Oxfam shop on Bridge Street branded charity fly-tippers as “lazy” as the items cannot be sold in store.
The store shut on Saturday, October 26 and when staff returned to work on Tuesday, Delia found the rubbish outside the shop.
She said: “We are closed on a Sunday and Monday every week, but people are still ignoring signs that are in the windows telling them not to leave their old toys and clothes outside the shop.
“We can’t sell them because it could rain, animals could wee or scavenge in them and in some cases, people actually steal from the bags left outside.
“It’s lazy and it’s fly-tipping. We’ve had to dump all the bags in the bin but if there’s too much then we’re going to have to pay to get it cleared up.
“The fly-tipping makes us look bad as when people walk into the shop they ask why we’re not taking the bags inside. People will start to think we don’t care and look elsewhere.”
Last year, PinnerNews spoke with Delia about the same issue at the time. She said that fly-tipping had decreased outside the shop but it’s starting to become frequent.
Delia also said a similar issue has occurred at St Luke’s Hospice, also on Bridge Street, where staff are left frustrated.
Delia added: “Anyone wanting to donate unwanted clothes, toys, books and more, they must drop them off on a day the shop is open. People need to be more mindful. By leaving bags outside the shop is lazy and they will end up going into the bin.”
PinnerNews has submitted a Freedom of Information request to Harrow Borough Council to find which streets are most prone to fly-tipping.