Bedbug scare affecting used furniture donations
February 3, 2011
A North America-wide bedbug scare is making it harder for Edmontonians to donate their used furniture.
Goodwill Industries of Alberta has stopped accepting upholstered and soft furniture over concerns bedbugs could be hiding in the items.
Other secondhand shops across the country have put similar measures in place.
"We're aware of the bedbug issue and decided that to protect our staff and out customers and our donors, we would no longer accept any soft furniture," said Barbara Engelbart, director of marketing for Goodwill Industries of Alberta.
"A visual inspection really doesn't identify bedbugs very well,
"We just wanted to make sure nobody was purchasing anything that might be infected."
The new protocol was brought in place late last fall.
Just this week, Edmonton Public Libraries acknowledged dead bedbugs, or traces of the pests, have been found at four branches as well.
Engelbart stressed bedbugs have never been found at any Goodwill location. The new policy is in affect at all Goodwill drop-off locations across Alberta.
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