A Bury St Edmunds charity is asking residents to be mindful when donating items after a recent spate of fly-tipping.
Chief executive of Gatehouse charity, Amanda Bloomfield, said the organisation has incurred costs in getting sofas and large furniture removed from outside its headquarters in Dettingen Way.
She said: “We have had it a couple of times recently where people have just left the items over the weekend.
“It is not just that the items are unusable, we have to pay the council for them to be removed.
“There are also issues with fire risks and vandalism.
“We have had our bins set alight before, so it is definitely a concern for us.
“The weather plays its part too – if it is left here over the weekend it may be ruined by the time I get here on a Monday morning.”
Amanda said over the last few months, the charity had spent more than £200 on having unsuitable donations removed.
“It is not major money but it could be used somewhere else. It is also an inconvenience for us,” she said.
Amanda said the charity’s premises in Dettingen Way was open for donations from 9am to 3pm, Mondays to Fridays.
She added that the problem tended to increase in the summer months.
“It is mainly sofas, armchairs, large wall units and old furniture generally that is left.
“But we also get small items left over from car boot sales.
“The problem tends to get worse in the summer, because people go to a car boot sale, have things left over, and then leave them for us.
“But if there is no one here, it gets left outside and gets ruined.
“If we are not open, people can always go to the recycling centre at Rougham Hill.
“If the items are reusable they will come back through to us from the recycling centre.
“But we are always looking for donations.”
To find out more about he Gatehouse charity visit www.www.gatehouse.org.uk