Donation site treated as dumping ground in Beaverton

Numerous items sit outside a Salvation Army clothes only donation site in the parking lot of the Tanasbourne Barnes and Noble in Beaverton, August 11, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Numerous items sit outside a Salvation Army clothes only donation site in the parking lot of the Tanasbourne Barnes and Noble in Beaverton, August 11, 2014. (KOIN 6)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A Salvation Army donation site in Washington County has turned into what some neighbors are calling an “illegal dumping ground.”

The drop-off site in the parking lot of the Tanasbourne Barnes and Noble located at 18300 NW Evergreen Parkway only accepts clothing. However, people continue to leave numerous items, treating the area as a junkyard, according to Bobby Sisney and other residents.

Numerous items sit outside a Salvation Army clothes only donation site in the parking lot of the Tanasbourne Barnes and Noble in Beaverton, August 11, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Numerous items sit outside a Salvation Army clothes only donation site in the parking lot of the Tanasbourne Barnes and Noble in Beaverton, August 11, 2014. (KOIN 6)

“People have no respect for property,” said Sisney.

Neighbors told KOIN 6 News that the trash, which includes old carpets, a barbecue and garbage disposal, is not only an eyesore but could also be safety hazards.

According to the nearby residents, the Salvation Army donation site has been closed for several days this week, possibly making the current situation worse.

Capt. Dennis Earnhart with the Salvation Army said the employee in charge of the donation site likely called in sick and a replacement wasn’t found.

Earnhart apologized for the conditions in the Tanasbourne Barnes and Noble parking lot and encouraged residents to contact the Salvation Army immediately with concerns.

The Salvation Army said the mess will be cleaned up promptly. Neighbors said they hope to never see something like this again.

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