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Junk left in charity store's parking lot two weeks in a row

Broken toilets, mattresses, assorted furniture and old lamps were left on the roadside at Habitat for Humanity on two separate occasions

Junk has been illegally dumped at the gates of the Habitat ReStore in Collingwood twice in one week. 

The retail store, located on Sandford Fleming Drive in Collingwood collects donations to sell in support of Habitat for Humanity's charity work. 

This Saturday morning, workers arrived to an unwanted pile of junk left at the gates. The pile included unsellable items such as old lamps, box springs, mattresses, and assorted furniture. 

According to the executive director of Habitat for Humanity South Georgian Bay, Joy Fleury, a row of used and broken toilets were left in a similar location last week. 

In a news release, Fleury said the Habitat ReStore does appreciate donations that are made during regular business hours, and usually it's a good idea to call before bringing in a donation you're unsure of. 

"Dumping your unwanted goods on town property is not the way to dispose of junk and trash, it costs everyone," said Fleury in the news release. 

Habitat is asking anyone who sees illegal dumping at the Habitat ReStore to take down licence plate and vehicle details and report it. 

You can find information on contacting the town's bylaw department and filing a complaint here. 

Habitat ReStore is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for shopping and product donations. You can call ahead to make a donation at 705-446-9740 or email photos to 

Erika Engel

About the Author: Erika Engel

Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter, photographer and community editor.
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