|Motto||Don’t throw it away – give it away!|
|Formation||11 September 2009|
|Region served||United Kingdom|
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.
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.
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.
On February 2014, there were 391 Freegle groups with a total of 1,610,884 members in the UK.
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- Whittaker, Freddie (26 November 2013). "Huge free-for-all makes us sharing website capital city". Oxford Mail (Oxford: Newsquest).