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Freegle logo
Motto Don’t throw it away – give it away!
Formation 11 September 2009 (2009-09-11)
Purpose Reuse
Region served
United Kingdom
approx. 1000

Freegle is a UK organisation that aims to increase reuse and reduce landfill by offering a free Internet-based service 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.[1][2][3][4]


Each local Freegle group is run by volunteer moderators, is autonomous and affiliates to the national Freegle Ltd organisation provided they meet basic requirements such as being free to join and everything handed on must be free and legal. [5] Freegle Ltd is a non-profit organization: an Industrial and Provident Society for Community Benefit Registration no: 32410R. [6] and registered as a charity with HMRC reference XT32865.[7]

Membership numbers[edit]

In March 2017, there were 405 Freegle groups with a total of 2,608,461 members in the UK.[8]


The majority of Freegle groups are hosted on Yahoo! Groups, but most can also be used from Freegle Direct (Freegle's own user interface) or as an app from the Facebook social networking service.

Mobile apps[edit]

In April 2015 the Freegle mobile app was launched to allow access to Freegle Direct groups on Android, iOS and Kindle phones and tablets.[9]

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