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Old clothes are a big moneyspinner for local councils

Friday 04 January 2013

Local councils are increasingly likely to charge charities for placing old clothes collection points in the Netherlands' towns and cities, the Volkskrant reports on Friday.

For example, the Salvation Army, which collects some 25 million kilos of old clothes a year, pays around €1m in fees to the 100 local councils where it has collection bins, the paper says.

'Councils have to make cuts and are looking for new sources of income,' Andre Jansen of the Kici charity group told the paper.

Good causes

Kici is the second biggest collector of old clothes in the Netherlands, after the Salvation Army. 'Councils are increasingly asking for part of the proceeds and that is very irritating,' Jansen said. 'Every cent we give the council does not go to the good causes we support'.

Councils are demanding up to 35 cents a kilo to place collection bins, the paper says. Old clothing itself generates between 55 cents and 75 cents a kilo, meaning in some cases half the proceeds go to local government.

Not all councils charge for the service, the paper points out.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Seems to have become a way of life... ... Officially Sanctioned ripping-off, Discriminating against, and even Abusing those most in Need.

By Gerard | 4 January 2013 9:48 AM

DutchNews..please find out which bins are not charged by the councils and I will go out of my way to place clothing there!

By M | 4 January 2013 10:27 AM

Come on government...Tax Tax Tax more Tax .You are making hell with your policy.

By Parvez Akhter | 4 January 2013 10:41 AM

are the councils so desperate for money that they have to penalize charities for helping the poor folks out with finding clothing and other household items? not to mention that they keep the "used items"out of the land fills.

By dee | 4 January 2013 10:44 AM

This reminds me of a few years ago when the guv decided to abolish driving licenses as valid ID. A good way to generate extra income by selling more ID cards & passports..Also the compulsory introduction of a driving license for mopeds, - money for nothing!

Much of the 2nd hand clothing is sent to poor people in African countries: charging for collection points will reduce this aid.

I cannot see any justification in this container placement tax, can you? :P

By The visitor | 4 January 2013 1:07 PM

I've just saw on TV on a show called "An Idiot Abroad" that those clothes actually go on sale in other countries. You are actually giving it for someone to resell... They might as well charge for the Bins then.

By Ivan | 4 January 2013 2:13 PM

Old clothes are a big money-spinner for local councils. Indeed, your authorities should have a look at the institutions. For example The Schalm in Haarlem where I go for books I see so many helpers like flies on fresh dogs dropping an under world business.

By Terence Hale | 4 January 2013 6:17 PM

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