SKOWHEGAN — What used to be a donation center was starting to look like a dumpster. While it doesn’t look that way anymore, residents are concerned the problem isn’t solved.
Skills Inc., which provides support to adults with developmental disabilities, used to operate a thrift shop on Greenwood Avenue in Skowhegan.
“I’ve been doing it since then, probably two weeks since they closed. Every Tuesday, I spend an hour cleaning, as much as my boyfriend’s truck would allow, which is like one or two trips,” said Christina, a resident of Skowhegan who did not want her last name to be used.
She sent ABC 7/Fox 22 a photo on Tuesday after she had removed some of the items from the donation area.
There was still a large pile of stuff, which was gone when we went on Wednesday.
A code enforcement officer from the town said the organization’s director was there Wednesday to throw the remainder of the items in a dumpster on site.
In an email, he said they’ve discussed this issue with them previously.
“When all of those items could go to somebody else and get used, they’re treated like trash,” Christina said. “Coming from a low-income family it’s hard to see that, that people just aren’t caring.”
The code enforcement officer said the director said she’ll be putting up signs.
“I’ve tried signs myself. It didn’t work,” said Christina. “People tore them down and ripped them in pieces. Signs and tape, I don’t think it will work.”
We were unable to reach anyone from Skills Inc. directly.
However, the property is listed for sale, with a sale pending.