On Salford Freegle today, up for grabs is a large catering pan with a lid, two internal glazed doors, a black IKEA coffee table, some girls clothes and lots more. Other people are looking for beds, drums and a microwave, while one very sad post reads…
"I am looking for household items like cups, plates, pans, washing bowl, chip pan, microwave, sofa, rugs, bed single or double and so on…don't have the funds to buy new and am battling depression from losing me mum and dad, want to try and get my flat sorted, if anybody that can help would be so grateful…"
Salford Freegle, part of the national charity Freegle, gives people the chance to get rid of unwanted stuff and find it a new home without having to bin it or destroy it on the recycling tip. And there's always someone looking for stuff…
"If you can't use something there's bound to be someone in your area who can" says Cat Fletcher, one of the charity's national representatives "We provide an easy to use platform to connect up people and things. Everything is free and all our groups are looked after by local volunteers.
"People even want broken things" she adds "There are lots of community groups and other people who are really happy to get a broken toaster or worn out arm chair because they like repairing things or want to teach others those skills. There's a real groundswell of people in all communities who want to fix things."
Freegle, which describes itself as `online dating for stuff', is about re-using, rather than recycling, as it's more environmentally friendly. The national organisation claims to re-use around 500 tonnes of goods every month.
"Western society has 12% of the world's population but consumes 60 per cent of its resources" Cat adds "Research by Yale says we're going to run out of raw materials within fifty to sixty years if we carry on at the current level of consumption."
The Salford Freegle group now has over one thousand members and anyone can join, be it families, charities, students, businesses, schools or community groups. As the Freegle slogan goes… `Don't throw it away, give it away!'
For more information on Freegle see www.ilovefreegle.org and enter your postcode or click here for Salford group
See also Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Freegle
And Twiter https://twitter.com/thisisfreegle