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Many businesses are left holding goods which customers never return to collect. These goods often become a nuisance and take up valuable storage space. It is sometimes in your best interest to dispose of them.
If you decide to take this action, the Disposal of Uncollected Goods Act 1970 and its regulations set out procedures to be followed.
Uncollected goods are items that a person has temporarily left with a business, but:
Requirements for dealing with uncollected goods do not apply to:
The Act covers three types of uncollected goods:
The following goods are ‘prescribed goods’:
If you believe goods in your possession may have been stolen, contact your local police station. You can find their address and phone number on the Western Australia Police website.
Disposing of uncollected goods page provides details on when and how you can dispose of goods.
A fact sheet has been developed for the disposal of vehicles, but it is applicable for the disposal of any type of product left with a business:
Covers the rules which apply to disposing of uncollected goods.