For some time now, most urban areas in Ireland have been inundated with leaflets, stickers or plastic bags from alleged charities who want your old/second-hand clothes, shoes, linen and, in some cases, toys and more expensive items.
Most, if not all, of these are operated without a licence (you need a door-to-door waste collection permit to operate in this fashion), are publishing false details on their leaflets/stickers (invalid charity numbers, non-existent websites/phone numbers), and are publishing deliberately misleading statements (such as pretending that your clothes are going directly to 3rd world destinations, or that they are a charity). Even more sinister is that many are run but some pretty significant criminal gangs.
Such is the significance of the problem that a website has been dedicated to highlighting the issue. It’s ClothingCollection.org run by Donncha O’Caoimh. He also has a good post explaining the issue on his own blog.
Being no stranger to most flyers that are seen on ClothingCollection, I came upon a strange twist today. 2 stickers arrived having been hand-delivered by the same chap at around 5.45am. In challenging times in illegal / fake charity collection, it appears they’re doubling up on resources!
Some action against these gangs (TCM report: Girl, 17, in court for bogus charity collection) has happened, but much too little, in my opinion.