RESIDENTS on the Fylde coast are being warned to think before putting clothes out in bags posted through their front door.
Trading standards recently carried out an investigation into charity bags.
The initiative identified 44 different clothing collections and only 10 of those were operated by or on behalf of charities.
Another 31 were collections made by private businesses which then make a donation to a charity or charitable cause.
County councillor Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “You can’t assume the clothes you give in response to receiving a collection bag or leaflet will automatically go to charity - read the information printed on it first.
“If the items are going to a private company which makes a donation to charity, you need to consider how much this will be and whether you’re happy with the amount.
“If it’s a relatively small sum, you might decide to donate them directly to a charity shop or give a cash donation direct to the cause instead.”