Trash dumped at Roswell’s Salvation Army causing major problems

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE)- It’s a donation they don’t want. People are dumping their garbage at a Salvation Army in one New Mexico town.

The thrift store says if the problem gets any worse, the store could be closing.

The Salvation Army in Roswell says over the past few months it’s getting worse and worse and the cost to get rid of all the trash is really adding up.

A broken chair, a box of trash and clothes scattered on the ground are some of the so-called “donations” that are left outside the gate of the Salvation Army.

“We have seen everything from broken beer bottles, to dirty diapers, to soiled adult under garments, couches with no cushions, broken dressers, the list goes on and on and on,” said Robert Hale, thrift store manager.

Monday a bassinet was left outside the gate filled with trash, along with this box full of garbage and sticks.

These are all things that the Salvation Army has to pay to get rid of.

“Our ability to assist the community is slowly being suffocated. Eventually we’ll get to a point where we won’t be able to operate,” said Hale.

Over the past six months, the store has spent more than $5,000 on disposal costs.

“It is very frustrating to the point where loyal customers of ours have made a no dumping sign and now people are dumping right underneath the sign,” said Hale.

The Salvation Army says it doesn’t want to discourage donations by any means. They just want people to be more thoughtful.

“Some things we just can’t recycle, we just don’t have any use for it,” said Hale.

The Salvation Army also wants to remind residents that if they do need somewhere to get rid of their trash and broken furniture all they have to do is take their water bill to the local dump and they can dispose of it all for free once a month.

The Salvation Army also wants to remind people with donations that they can call the store and schedule a pickup. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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