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House-to-house textile collections drop

House-to-house collections of textiles donated to charity have dropped to their lowest ever level, according the latest Charity Retail Association (CRA) figures.

Their report shows that house to house collections make up just 3% of total stock collected by retailers, down 6% from last year, and down from a peak of 19% five years ago.

Ross Barry, president of the Textiles Recycling Association, told MRW: “In regard to dwindling returns from house collections I think this is due to lack of public confidence that the charity is legitimate and that their clothes won’t be stolen, this has meant less charities are using this particular collection method.”

However, the CRA claimed: “There is a more positive outlook generally amongst charity retailers.”

They said this could be a result of more innovative methods used by charities for requesting from donors and encouraging more over-the-counter donations.

Furthermore 63% of larger charities reported an increase in volumes of stock in the last 12 months.

This contrasts with 2011 when 67% of larger charities said they had witnessed a decrease in stock volumes.

The smaller charities saw little change in perception of stock with 81% saying volume had increased or stayed the same.

Warren Alexander, chief executive of the CRA said: “It is great to see our members embrace change, this leads to them developing innovative ways to maximise stock donations. As one method declines, our members develop new ways of finding stock.”

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