Asociacion Eco Vida. Helping the less fortunate in society for the past 5 years

Charity recycling thieves caught red-handed

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) 2016-09-23

THE GUARDIA Civil from San Juan caught two men stealing clothing from one of the Asociación Eco-vida recycling bins that are placed in and around the town.

In the early hours of September 14, whilst the Guardia Civil were on night patrol, they surprised two men of Morrocan nationality who, having forced the lock, were emptying the contents of the Eco-vida clothing recycling bin.

When challenged and asked for the legal documentation necessary for carrying out this type of activity they were unable do to so, resulting in their immediate arrest and confiscation of the large van together with its contents, which amounted to around 350 kilos of stolen used clothing.

President of the association Martín Kyme has nothing but praise for the two observant Guardia Civil officers and thanked them for their good work after being handed back the clothing.

The quantity of clothing stolen, its estimated value and the fact that force was used to open the recycling bin stipulates that it is a penal offence, punishable by a prison sentence.

Eco-vida are prosecuting and the matter is now in the hands of the Alicante courts. "Theft has been an escalating issue," Martin told CBNews.

"The culprits sell the clothing which has been donated by people at local rastros and markets, pocketing the money themselves, so it was great news to hear of the arrests."

The Asociación Eco-vida is a Spanish non-profit association which has been registered for over five years, with the primary aim of raising funds for the needy through their used clothing recycling bin network.

Martin is proud that they have given full-time employment contracts to two people whose families were in serious economic and social need.

They currently have 250 bins from Benissa to the Orihuela Costa, and last month made a generous donation of €500 to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales.

For more information about their work go to their website