ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A nonprofit in Albuquerque got a donation they don’t want; now they’re asking others to take a look at the items they’re donating before they bring them.
“We don’t want to give people the wrong idea,” Jeremy Reynalds said. “We know that 99 percent of the people who give, love and care about the homeless but look at all of this.”
Reynalds said one person dropped off a trailer full of unwanted items over the weekend.
Broken couches, dirty chairs, chewed up crutches are some of the items and the list goes on.
“Would you want this in your living room, for your kids, for your house? Of course you wouldn’t,” Reynalds said.
Reynalds said nonprofits rely on donations, but donations they can use.
“If you can’t use it; we can’t either,” Reynalds said.
But Reynalds isn’t the only non-profit getting unwanted items. Gary Doll, Community Relations Coordinator for Goodwill said within the last two months they’ve received “hazardous chemicals” in some of their bins.
“We have some real good, loyal people who work here and if they’re in there digging around bins and bags and there’s something hazardous, it’s a huge risk,” Doll said. “We don’t need to risk our people’s safety.”
Doll said they have a pretty strict system in place when it comes to donations, but every now and then things slip through.
“We don’t like to waste anything,” Doll said. “So we’ve stepped up our education and labeling to really emphasize we don’t need these things.”
The city has three convenience centers that charge $5.25 for a pick-up size truck load. Bigger loads will be accepted but the cost will be higher. The city said besides the convenience centers people can also call 311 to get large item pickups.