Residents in Sydney's south who took to social media to air their outrage over a local surf club's decision to bin a mountain of what they thought was "perfectly usable" household items, have been assured by the club the equipment is broken and of no use to anyone.
Some claimed the binned items could've easily been donated to charity or given to those sleeping rough, with one woman taking to Facebook on Monday to share images of the skip bin collection outside Wanda Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
The products ranged from fold-out chairs, tents, surf boards, trestle tables and beach play gear and the post attracted an onslaught of responses from concerned locals — many of whom questioned how the equipment ended up in a skip bin, with one person labelling the decision "selfish".
"What a waste," a woman wrote. "Why aren't they donating it?" said another. "I hope people in need can come and help themselves," another person said.
"This is sad and pretty selfish (that the items) weren't offered up to those in need," a woman wrote. "That's all stuff those sleeping rough could use," said another.
Items unusable, Wanda surf club says
A volunteer at Wanda surf club confirmed to Yahoo News Australia the discarded items were indeed broken.
"We're a charity, we don't throw out any usable products," they said. "If it's in the bin, it's broken, we use things here — sometimes stuff that is broken — for as long as possible before throwing".
It's not the first time people have criticised a decision to bin seemingly usable products, with a similar situation unfolding just months ago on the NSW Central Coast.
When photos of a council clean-up were shared online in December, a fiery debate erupted in the comments between locals.
The "disgusting" scenes outside the Toukley Community Centre on the Central Coast of NSW left some residents fuming with claims bags of brand new nappies, sanitary items, toys and games had been carelessly dumped.
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