Question: Councillor M. Baker:
To ask the Manager given the large number of collectors of unwanted clothing from households if these collectors are required to have a waste collection permit? If so how many permits have been issued in the last year?
The collection of unwanted clothing by unregulated collectors is an issue which has caused concern for Charities and Local Authorities. Legal opinion is being pursued; however existing legislation under the Waste Management Acts is not helpful in this area. The collection of clothes for direct re-use for the purpose for which intended (ie. as clothing) and which are fit for purpose is not a waste activity. Dublin City Council is the waste collection permitting authority for the four Dublin authorities. While there are a large number of permits issued for a range of waste collection activities, records show that approximately 6 permitted waste collectors are operating as clothing collectors in the Region.