Seized goods donated to charity by Merton and Richmond councils

Release Date: 18 February 2019

Counterfeit clothes, shoes and toys seized by Merton Council and Richmond Council have been donated to the charity Sports Traider.

The items, including rugby scarfs, boots, trainers, jewellery and toys will either be rebranded by Sports Traider, which gives disadvantaged young people access to sports equipment. Anything which poses a danger will be shredded and the material recycled.

The Councils have a duty to protect consumers by ensuring that counterfeit and dangerous goods are kept off the market.

By choosing to donate to Sports Traider, the Councils are reducing the volume of waste going to landfill and preventing counterfeit goods from finding their way back to the black market.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“Making sure that counterfeit goods are not being sold on the streets of our borough is important. They are usually low quality and quite often dangerous. By working with Sports Traider we are able to ensure that dangerous goods are always shredded or recycled and all money raised goes to worthwhile charities.”

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Councillor Nick Draper, said:

“Merton Council is pleased to be working with Sports Traider and donating these items to a worthwhile charity that helps communities and promotes sports. I would also like to commend the work being done by our enforcement teams, who work tirelessly to ensure that counterfeit goods are taken off our streets.”

Notes for editors

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Reference: P045/19

Updated: 26 February 2019