Why use Freegle?
You might not need that old sofa or wheelbarrow any more – but there might be someone just round the corner who does. Or if there’s something you’d like, someone nearby might have one.
There’s just one main rule: everything posted must be FREE!
Freegle is a national grassroots organisation of people throughout the United Kingdom who are giving and receiving free unwanted items in their immediate communities. Local charities, non-profit groups and communities are encouraged to join.
All groups within this organisation operate with a basic principle – all offers and requests must be freegle (free and legal). Some groups may have additional guidelines such as no offers or requests for animals, or that items must be suitable for all ages.
Freegle’s aim is to keep anything reusable out of landfill
sites. Meeting new people helps to develop local community networks and friendships in the process.
How it works:
1) You have a washing machine you don’t need and may have to dispose of
2) You join your local Freegle group
3) You post an OFFER on the list, seen by everyone who looks on the site or receives messages in their inbox (members get to choose whether to receive all messages or just view online)
4) OFFER: washing machine (just off High St)
5) Old and noisy but working washing machine available
6) Interested members will reply to you privately
7) You choose who you would like to give it to
8) Between you, you arrange for them to come and pick up the washing machine
9) It gets collected
10) You’ve given away your machine with little effort, and you also got to meet someone new from your neighbourhood in the process
11) Someone local to you who needed your unwanted machine can now use it, fix it or use parts for spares
12) It didn’t go into landfill. Great for both you and our planet. Everyone wins!
Likewise, if you need an item you can request one on the list in the same way and if someone has what you’d like they will contact you off-list to offer it.
The group moderators will be happy to help you if you need any advice about any part of the above process.
Check out your local Freegle group and help to moderate it or set one up yourself for your local area.
Freegle sites based in Devon