Recycling business launches personal collection service for charity clothing bags

Clients of BCR Global Textiles include the Meningitis Trust and the Breast Cancer Campaign

Meningitis Trust: One of the charities using the clothing pick-up service
Meningitis Trust: One of the charities using the clothing pick-up service

A recycling company has launched a new website that allows people to make an appointment to hand over charity clothing donations in person.

BCR Global Textiles, a commercial reuse and recycling business, has started running the service for the Meningitis Trust in a bid to combat theft and fraud.

The charity will receive £5 per bag of clothing collected through the arrangement.The company also runs a similar service for the Breast Cancer Campaign.

People who want to donate clothing to the Meningitis Trust must register on the site and collection bags will be sent to them. BCR will then make an appointment to pick up the donations from the donor’s home or workplace.

For each full bag of clothing that is donated, £5 will go the trust, with the rest going to BCR. The company said the amount it received would vary according the quality of each bag's contents and how much they sold for.

The clothing will be sold in the UK or abroad, and anything that is not resalable will be incinerated. In a statement, BCR said it launched the service in response to fears about bogus charity collections leading to a drop in clothing donations.

Maxine Sault, the managing director at BCR, said: "Recent news reports have put the public off, so we wanted to provide a safer way to donate to make sure they get their confidence back."

Christina Osoro Cangas, a researcher at the Charity Retail Association, said there were other similar services in operation.

She said the service would make donating clothing to charity more convenient for people and would make them less reluctant to donate if they were worried about bogus collections.

"But charities generally don’t get a very good deal from these partnerships," she said. "They will get more money if they sell the clothing themselves, and these types of collections can have an effect on the rest of the sector."

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