Making better use of counterfeit goods

Published on Monday 2 July 2018

Angus Council’s Trading Standards today handed a large haul of counterfeit goods over to the charity Sports Traider.

Amongst the rogue goods are sports clothing of all sizes, colours and design  – the common denominators between them being that they are counterfeit, have been seized in the Angus area and will now be recycled by the charity.

Sports Traider works with numerous local authorities in the destruction and rebranding of counterfeit goods. Through the “No ifs or Butts” programme, they also process and dispose of cigarettes in an environmentally friendly way and at no cost to the councils that seize the counterfeit goods. Our Trading Standards handed thousands of cigarettes over today, which will now be disposed of, as well as counterfeit toys and CDs.

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The clothing is re-branded, re-processed or shredded. Once sorted, re-branded clothing is redistributed to low income families through homeless shelters, food banks and even direct to individuals in the streets.

Some rebranded items are also made available for sale in the charities retail sports shops with money raised helping the disabled and disadvantaged to gain employment, training, sporting opportunities. Help is also given to wounded or sick armed forces personnel through a sports rehabilitation programme.

Angus Council’s Communities vice-convener, Cllr Tommy Stewart said: “The sale of counterfeit goods in Angus will not be tolerated and our Trading Standards Officers work very hard to ensure that where instances are identified, stock is seized and those responsible held to account.

“Sports Traider provides us with an opportunity to ensure that some good arises from the criminal behaviour of people who sell counterfeit goods and I am delighted to be able to hand over this haul of clothing today. It is very satisfying to see that people who deserve our support will benefit from all our hard work.”

If you think you have been sold counterfeit goods, or if you suspect somebody is selling fake goods, visit the Trading Standards Institute or the Citizens Advice website for advice. For live incidents contact Trading Standards on ACCESSLine 03452 777 778. Trading standards can also offer advice and take action to stop the sale of these goods.

Pictured are Cllr Tommy Stewart and (back left to right) Trading Standards Team Leaders, Ken McLeod and Vicky Hay with Tex and Carol Sampson of Sports Traider