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Keep hold of any items you want to donate to charity shops

Keep hold of any items you want to donate to charity shops

Waste is starting to accumulate outside some charity shops

Braintree District Council is asking residents to keep hold of any items that they may wish to donate to charity shops for the moment, and not leave them outside these shops, during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown period.

Residents are reminded that the guidance is that they should not leave their home unless: 

•    They are shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
•    exercising, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
•    any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
•    travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
                                                                                                                                                                    
The council has only received limited reports of examples where waste is starting to accumulate outside charity shops but it wants to stop it before it becomes a problem.  
 
Cllr Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Environment and Place at Braintree District Council, said “Some may think this is an ideal time to have a clear out but what I would ask is that people keep any items they wish to donate at home until after this pandemic is over. We do not want bags of donations left in charity shop doorways as it will potentially become unhygienic and more importantly people should not be making non-essential journeys.”