Freegle

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Freegle
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Freegle logo
Motto Don’t throw it away – give it away!
Formation 11 September 2009 (2009-09-11)
Purpose/focus Reuse
Region served United Kingdom
Membership 1,629,738
Volunteers approx. 1000
Website http://iLoveFreegle.org

Freegle is a British organisation with free-of-charge membership similar to the international Freecycle. The organisation's aims are to increase reuse and reduce landfill by offering an Internet Web-based forum where people can give away and ask for things that would otherwise be thrown away.

History[edit]

Freegle was formed on 11 September 2009 after many Freecycle groups in the UK decided to break away from the US parent organisation following disagreements on how groups in the UK should operate and the dismissal of long-term UK moderators, who had been speaking out.[1][2][3]

Hosting[edit]

The majority of Freegle groups are hosted on Yahoo! Groups and many can also be used from the Facebook social networking service or from Freegle Direct (Freegle's own user interface).

Bespoke service[edit]

The Freegle groups in Norfolk and the Waveney District of Suffolk have developed their own website, which has enabled them to offer a bespoke service for Freegle users in those areas from July 2012.

Membership numbers[edit]

On March 2014, there were 395 Freegle groups with a total of 1,629,738 members in the UK.[4]

Mobile Apps[edit]

In November 2013 the mobile app Snaply was launched for the iPhone allowing browsing and posting to many local Freegle groups.[5]

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