The assistance of district councils may be sought to solve a dilemma over old clothes collections that help charities but bring complaints about obstruction. This was the suggestion of the Housing, Planning and Lands Department yesterday after a legislator claimed rules restricting such collections had 'gone too far'. Charities and non-profit organisations such as environmental groups are allowed to put their collection crates out once every quarter at five specific locations. Lawmaker Choy So-yuk called yesterday for permanent collection sites that did not cause obstruction. Ms Choy, of the Democratic Alliance for Betterment of Hong Kong, said such collections were for a good cause and the rules 'have gone too far and are just as bad as not going far enough'. A rule requiring a watchman to be stationed with the crates was unrealistic, she said. Ms Choy was speaking after meeting Assistant Director of Lands Yu Kin-man with the party's deputy spokesman on environmental policy, Edmond Chung Kong-mo. A spokesman for the department said the district councils would be consulted 'as necessary'. Ms Choy also said companies conducting their own used-clothes drives were putting their collection crates beside those of charities. If fixed locations were found, such companies should be charged rent, she said.