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"Watch out for the Latest Scam: Fake Clothing Recycling Bins"

Posted on the 30 June 2016 by Markwadsworth @Mark_Wadsworth

Says a press release from that somehow landed in my inbox:
Local and national charities are being cheated out of income by ambitious criminal who have started leaving fake clothes banks in towns and cities...
According to, it’s got to the point where local authorities are impounding dishonestly-placed “charity” bins which only exist to make crooks richer.
“The people are a blight on decent society,” says spokesperson Mark Hall, “They prey on people’s charitable instincts just for personal profit.”

It's another job for Land Value Tax Man isn't it?
The council can just rent out pitches for recycling banks to the highest bidder and give the proceeds to local charities (or give local charities a discount on the rent). The highest bidder gets a little placard to attach to his clothes bank to make it easier to spot the fraudsters/non-payers, whose banks are impounded and sold off again to a legitimate business or charity.
If businesses can recycle more efficiently than charities, the extra-profits arising from favourably located clothes banks will go to charity. If businesses can't recycle more efficiently, then charities will outbid them, and all the rent they pay ends back in their hands anyway.

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