Clothing bag collections
Clothing and other items donated in charity bags are usually sold through charity shops, sent to areas of need, or sold abroad.
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Clothing collections can help to stock your charity shops, or provide items that can be sent to areas of need.
Collectors must not deliver bags to properties with a sign indicating that the householder doesn't want to receive it. You can find more information in section 8.4.9 of the code.
If you are working with a third party, you need to make sure that appropriate agreements are in place. Bags must always state how much money the charity will gain from the collection. There is also other information that clothing bags must show. You can find information on this in section 8.2.6 and section 9.2 of the code.
The ASA has published guidance on collection bags, aimed at ensuring collection materials provide adequate information for the public.
For the public
Clothing bags offer you a chance to clear out unwanted items in a responsible way – all while helping charities. It may also be more convenient for you than taking items to a charity shop.
The amount a clothing collector donates to charity can vary significantly. So if you are interested in donating clothing to benefit a cause, it is important to check how much goes to the charity directly.
If the collection is run by a third party it should state how much of the collection’s proceeds will go to the charity and how much will go to the company. For more information on what information should be on legitimate charity bags, see section 8.2.6 and section 9.2 of the code.
If you do not want to receive clothing bags, you can put a sign or sticker on your door saying ‘no charity bags’ or ‘no clothing bags’.
There are many licensed, legal collections taking place. However, in some cases there have been reports of collections that may be unlicensed or fraudulent. You can find out more about how to tell if a charity bag is genuine in our charity clothing collections guidance. Our topic page on donations has further information and advice.
If you suspect that a collection is not legitimate, check with your local council if the company is licensed to operate in your area.