Habitat ReStore spending thousands dealing with illegal dumping at Nanaimo location

By Dominic Abassi
April 17, 2018 - 5:49pm

A large load of garbage left illegally outside the Nanaimo Habitat for Humanity ReStore overnight on April 10.Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island/Facebook

Nanaimo's Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts a wide range of household items and building materials. What they aren't looking for is people's garbage.

Mid-island chapter executive director Rob Hallam told NanaimoNewsNOW they are dealing with a steady increase in people illegally dumping what is effectively garbage outside their store.

"I don't have any idea why it's happening. It's pretty awful to think somebody would willfully think at 9 o'clock at night they can pull up in front of our place and dump a load of goods off that should only be going to the landfill."

The latest incident occurred sometime overnight on April 10, when a large load of garbage was left outside the Mostar Rd. location.

"DID YOU KNOW that our local ReStore pays thousands of dollars a year to dispose of illegal dumping," a post on the charity's Facebook page said. "We are asking the community to please take your garbage to the regional landfill as this money comes directly from our building program to provide families with affordable home ownership."

Hallam said they accept virtually all household goods with the exception of clothing, as well as building materials that are in good shape and can be re-sold.

Donations can be made during store hours and people can also arrange for free curbside pick-up.

Money raised through the ReStore covers operating costs and assists in funding local build projects.


Items accepted at the ReStore:

  • Appliances in working condition
  • Flooring
  • Tools and hardware
  • Furniture
  • Plumbing and electrical materials
  • Doors and windows
  • Moldings, mantles, wood, etc.
  • Vanities, cabinets, and shelving
  • Vents, light fixtures, and framed mirrors
  • Interior and exterior finishing materials
  • Seasonal products and much, much more


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