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Sometimes local councils don’t collect certain items that could be recycled – so local communities get together to organise recycling themselves. The Community Recycling Network supports these not-for profit organisations involved in reducing, reusing and recycling projects.
Visit the Community Recycling Network website to find your nearest community recycler. Or consider setting up a project in your parish. For a practical how-to guide on setting up a community recycling scheme, download the Community Recycling Guide.
Furniture re-use network
The FRN is the national body which supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. It does this to reduce poverty by helping households in need access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices. In addition, it supports re-use organisations in providing training and work placement opportunities for people who are socially excluded.
Don’t throw it away – give it away!
You might not need your 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 that they might just throw away if they don’t know what else to do with it.
Freegle groups make this happen online. Sign up, post an OFFER of something you want to get rid of, or a WANTED for something you need.
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). The aim is to keep anything reusable out of our landfill sites.
Freecycle is a great way to get rid of your unwanted stuff – or pick up second-hand things that other people are giving away.
You register online to be part of your local group, and then can receive and send emails whenever you want to find something for free – or give something away. It’s that simple.
And by using what we already have on this earth, we reduce consumerism, manufacture fewer goods, and lessen the impact on the earth.