A new website that allows people to arrange for clothing to be collected from their homes and sold online for charities will be launched in January.
The Click Collection site will enable people to order donation bags online and request times for the bags to be collected.
David Alder, operations director of Click Collection, said the site was being set up because of increasing problems with charity clothes recycling, such as theft of bags and bogus charity bag collectors.
"We are creating what we think will be the biggest charity shop in the country," he said.
The site is being run on a commercial basis. Alder said a trial involving "four or five" charity partners would begin in January, but eventually any registered charity would be able to sign up for free.
The site will take a 5 per cent transaction fee on the sale of all items. Alder estimated that charities would receive about 25 per cent of the sale price, plus Gift Aid, once his company’s charge and the costs of maintaining the site had been deducted. But he said this figure might change after the trial period.
Donors will be able to choose which charity listed on the site they would like to benefit from the sale of their clothes.
They will also be able to print labels for the bags that say which charity they support, and to sign Gift Aid declarations online.Clothing will be sorted at a warehouse and suitable items sold online. Buyers will be told which charity will benefit from their custom.