Someone is stealing textiles put out for collection outside homes across the borough, Pendle Council is warning.
The person, posing as the contractor who collects the textiles on behalf of the council, is taking the red sacks full of people’s unwanted textiles.
Coun. James Starkie, Executive Member for Waste, said: “We have had reports of a ‘bogus’ collection vehicle going around Pendle collecting the red sacks of textiles put out for recycling.
“Having checked with Cohen’s, the contractor who collects the textiles for us, we know that it’s definitely not one of their vehicles. All Cohen’s vans are white with a green logo.
“We’ve reported the situation to the police, who are now making investigations.”
Coun. Starkie asks local people to look out for any unusual vehicles taking away their red sacks of textiles.
If anyone sees an unauthorised car or van taking them away, they should make a note of its registration plate, make and model, and report it to the council on 661743.
Coun. Starkie added: “Taking these textiles is theft. Anyone we find stealing them will be reported to the police and will have to face the consequences.
“Local people are putting their unwanted clothes etc. out for collection in good faith, thinking they will be recycled or that they are helping charity.
“I want to reassure them that we are doing what we can to stop these bogus collections happening.”