The most important way of raising our own funds is through the trade in second hand clothes. Currently we have over 1,500 collection banks which are placed throughout the UK to collect used clothes and shoes. The most recent addition to our collection efforts are mini community banks, smaller containers that require less space and thus can be placed on alternative locations other than the traditional areas close to supermarkets.
All clothing banks are emptied regularly and the collected clothes are taken to our warehouse/sorting centre in Corby, Northamptonshire (which covers Northern and Eastern parts of the country, including the London area), or to a smaller depot in Cullompton, Devon (servicing Southern and Western England).
Many people will be familiar with the light green-coloured Planet Aid UK container, having seen the larger clothing banks on supermarket car parks, and the smaller community banks outside post offices, local pubs or at local schools.
Clothes collection offers:
- A recycling service for the local community
- A means for you to support development aid work for the poorest people in the world
- A channel that finds new users for clothes and at the same time gives employment both here and in the developing countries.
The banks are maintained by our own collection drivers, each one taking care of approximately 125-150 containers. Our drivers are trained to take good care of the donations, and to keep the area around the clothing bank clean and tidy.
All donations are important to us. We ask that the clothing be put into sealed bags which, not only protects the clothes, but also assists the drivers with collection. We provide a 24 hour call-out service, and will endeavour to service any banks which are reported as either full or damaged within 24 hours. We want to give our 'site hosts' and the public the best service possible.
To view a short video about our clothes collection below: