We all do a bit of it. But most of us could do a lot more. There’s now a whole series of easy options for recycling and reusing items, right here in our own neighbourhood. Here’s how …..
Have you heard of the Freecycle idea? It has evolved in the UK into a network called Freegle, which has over 330 groups and 1.3 million members nationwide. There’s now there’s one in Steyning and it already has over 2100 members, exchanging over 1000 items each year!
Don’t throw it away – Freegle it! You might not need your old sofa or wheelbarrow any more – but there could be someone just round the corner who does. Or if there’s something you’d like, someone nearby might have one that they would be happy to give away. Freegle groups make this happen online.
How it works:
- Sign up to Freegle Steyning via the website (just click on the logo)
- Post an OFFER of something you want to get rid of.
- Interested members will reply to you privately.
- You choose who you’d like to give it away to.
- You arrange for a time for them to pick it up.
- Hey presto. You’ve avoided a trip to the tip. They’ve got something for free. And it didn’t end up in landfill. Everyone wins!
Or you can post a WANTED request, and see who might have something you need. The basic principle that all offers and requests must be free and legal (hence ‘Freegle’). And there’s no swaps or loans.
How to join
Steyning Freegle welcomes applications from everyone in Steyning, Upper Beeding, Bramber and the surrounding villages. Freegle works best when it is local. The quickest way to join is via Freegle.in/Steyning. This is our Freegle Direct site where can choose which way you prefer to interact with other members. You can also choose to use either Facebook or Twitter if that suits you better.
Why not give it go? For further information, please visit our site or contact the group moderator on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Charity Shops
Taking things down to one of our many excellent charity shops in Steyning is of course another great option. St Barnabas, Oxfam and Cancer Research UK all have shops and are keen to receive new items. Here’s a list of other local charities that may be interested in taking things, some of which will arrange collection (this is a couple of years old now, so let us know if any info has changed!).