‘Gross’ task welcomes staff back after break

Staff dealing with enough as it is

Staff dealing with enough as it is

RUBBISH DAY: Dick Smith sales manager Wilson Manganda beside some of the household rubbish dumped out the back of their store over the Easter break. Staff had to rebag and dispose of the "horrible filthy" rubbish that had been chucked into one of their recycling bins.

Picture by Liam Clayton

It is the kind of welcome back to work no one wants.

Dick Smith employees returned to work yesterday after the Easter break to find someone had dumped six big bags full of “horrible filthy rubbish” into their cardboard recycling bin at the back of the Gladstone Road store.

Store manager Jasmine Osborne said she drew the short straw and had to get into the bin to clean it up.

“It was terrible, gross. The worst part was when I opened the lid and a swarm of flies flew out.”

Ms Osborne said it was the last thing staff needed.

“We’re closing down, so we have a lot to do already without dealing with other people’s rubbish. It was really annoying.”

The rubbish looked as if it had been there for a few days and had been invaded by rats, she said. Most of the bags had been torn open to reveal the contents.

“There was a lot of food and household things, KFC containers and a lot of different takeaways. There was actually stuff in there that was recyclable too. One bag had all bottles and cardboard in it. It’s the first time we’ve had this problem and we have no idea who it was.”

Trash bags were also dumped in rubbish bins at neighbouring business Food for Thought over Easter.

“It was worse for us because we had to clean it out because we had someone coming to collect the cardboard later,” Ms Osborne said.

The recycling bin had been left empty over the holiday weekend because it was forecast to rain and they did not want the cardboard to get all “wet and grotty” before being collected.

It is the kind of welcome back to work no one wants.

Dick Smith employees returned to work yesterday after the Easter break to find someone had dumped six big bags full of “horrible filthy rubbish” into their cardboard recycling bin at the back of the Gladstone Road store.

Store manager Jasmine Osborne said she drew the short straw and had to get into the bin to clean it up.

“It was terrible, gross. The worst part was when I opened the lid and a swarm of flies flew out.”

Ms Osborne said it was the last thing staff needed.

“We’re closing down, so we have a lot to do already without dealing with other people’s rubbish. It was really annoying.”

The rubbish looked as if it had been there for a few days and had been invaded by rats, she said. Most of the bags had been torn open to reveal the contents.

“There was a lot of food and household things, KFC containers and a lot of different takeaways. There was actually stuff in there that was recyclable too. One bag had all bottles and cardboard in it. It’s the first time we’ve had this problem and we have no idea who it was.”

Trash bags were also dumped in rubbish bins at neighbouring business Food for Thought over Easter.

“It was worse for us because we had to clean it out because we had someone coming to collect the cardboard later,” Ms Osborne said.

The recycling bin had been left empty over the holiday weekend because it was forecast to rain and they did not want the cardboard to get all “wet and grotty” before being collected.

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