Call to join growing army of Stevenage Freeglers

SAVE money during the recession and do your bit for the planet by reducing household waste and using the online recycling network, Freegle. The concept is to save perfectly good items from landfill by making them available, for free, to other people who

SAVE money during the recession and do your bit for the planet by reducing household waste and using the online recycling network, Freegle.

The concept is to save perfectly good items from landfill by making them available, for free, to other people who can make use of them locally.

Freegle began as Freecycle in Stevenage in November 2004. Freegle founder, Hazel Roethenbaugh, said: "Our organisation focuses on the task of reducing landfill in Comet country, with the help of people in Stevenage and the surrounding villages.

"Every year, we in the UK throw away 10 million bits of furniture and it's mostly destined for landfill. That's the equivalent of almost 30,000 pieces of furniture every day."


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Membership to Freegle is available by visiting www.ilovefreegle.org

Members interested in an item contact the owner, who then makes it available for local collection. Requests for wanted items can also be made.

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Examples of items Freegled include furniture, white goods, toys, televisions, and computers. There are currently more than 7,000 members of the Stevenage group.

David Dunmore, a member since 2006, said: "As well as having your furniture and unwanted stuff picked up for free - keeping it out of landfill, you can help local people in the process, be part of the ever-growing free economy, and easily enable the free redistribution of goods.

"So it's not just the environment you help when you join Freegle, it's your own hip pocket and your community as well.

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