Firm fined for illegal clothing collections

Scales of Justice
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A door to door clothing collection firm which targeted homes across the Dearne has been fined for operating without a licence.

West Sussex-based Recycling Clothes Company Ltd. (RCCL) was ordered to pay a total of £2,860 last week by Rotherham magistrates after the company pleaded guilty to two charges of promoting a charitable collection without permission.

A council spokesman said after the case that the firm had visited homes in Wath, Swinton, Kilnhurst, Rawmarsh and Parkgate.

The court heard the company had been requesting donations of clothing from households.

This was despite being refused a door-to-door collection licence by the council’s licensing board last year over concerns about how much money the firm would pass on to their nominated charity.

The company had submitted that £75 out of every £800 raised would be donated.

RCCL was fined £600 and made to pay £1,600 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Councillor Peter Wootton, chair of Rotherham Council’s licensing board, said after the case: “There is a place for licensed charity collectors. However, this case emphasises that our community protection unit will investigate illegal collections and that we will take robust enforcement action.”

Nobody from RCCL was available for comment.