New Scunthorpe town centre store pays Cash 4 Clothes and recycles them in Eastern Europe and Africa
A business offering money for unwanted clothing has opened in Scunthorpe town centre.
Cash 4 Clothes is based on Doncaster Road and operates in association with Fox Recycling.
The company buys unwanted clothes for 50p per kilogram, then sends it to Fox's recycling centre, ready for distribution to Eastern European and African markets.
The firm already had 12 branches across the country before expanding into North Lincolnshire.
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The Scunthorpe store is being run by Filippo Ortolano and Mark Reed.
Mr Ortolano said: "We thought there was a gap in the market for buying clothes off people.
"We had the idea to get the shop up and running in Scunthorpe."
Mr Ortolano explained how customers can benefit from the new outlet.
He said: "If you have got a lot of clothes you don't wear any more, normally, you could put them in a charity bag or take them to a recycling centre.
"Now, we are giving people the chance of coming to us, selling the clothes for 50p per kilo and having some money for them.
"We then send them to a recycling centre, which sorts them out and sends them to Africa or Eastern Europe.
"It is a similar concept but we are not a charity and people sell clothes to us."
And Mr Ortolano said he was already considering expanding the business into other stores in the region.
He said: "Four shops opened in Hull earlier in the year.
"They are thriving businesses and a new thing that is picking up really well.
"We are hoping to expand to another area if this one works, maybe into Ashby because that area is not covered yet."
But the shop has led to concerns from charity shops about the possibility of their stocks dwindling.
Sue Sumner is the retail and trading manager for Lindsey Lodge Hospice, which has shops throughout the region.
She said: "We may see our donated stocks dwindling away because customers can get paid for it.
"It is vital funds because we need £3.50 every minute of every day to keep Lindsey Lodge Hospice going.
"It might have a knock-on effect on our town centre shops.
"We do have a very loyal supporter base that will donate to us whatever but it is one of those things that we will have to keep an eye on.
"If we see a fall in sales, we will see what we can do to counteract it."