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Freegle website saving six tonnes of landfill waste in Cumbria each month

A campaign that urges people to give things away rather than just chucking them out says it is saving about six tonnes of landfill waste in Cumbria every month.

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Debbie Ingham picks up her 'new' bike from Chris Cant

Internet-based Freegle is fast becoming a phenomenon, giving people an environmentally-friendly alternative to throwing unwanted items in the bin.

Instead of tossing them aside, people can offer their possessions to others on the website.

Reusing items through Freegle cuts down on waste, recycling and collection costs for Cumbria’s district and council councils, supporters say.

Hundreds of things are being put up for giveaway in Cumbria every month. Recently-offered items include a pram, wicker baskets, CD rack, double mattress, freezer, washing machine, bar stools, a TV and digibox.

Now, with interest in the group growing, an open day will take place in the centre of Penrith on February 12 for people to find out more.

There, people will be able to give small things away for free – or take what others have left.

A Penrith and Eden Freegle spokesman said: “Although the group has been running since January 2007 and now has almost 2,500 members, this will be the first time Freeglers can get together to have a chat and meet the group moderators, Chris Cant, Juliet Gray and Judith-Ann Wardlaw.

“Drop in if you would like to see how it works or would like to join the group. Any ideas for the future would be welcome.

“Freegling is a great way to help others by giving away your unwanted goods for free, helping others in need, while keeping perfectly good items out of landfill.”

The open day will be at the Eden Mind Five premises, Market Square, between 10am and 4pm.

Freegle works by group members sending an email to all other members with an offer. They reply if they are interested.

Alternatively, members can ask for an item they want which someone may have.

Those less technically minded can ask Mr Cant to offer an item by phoning 01931 713240. He will post the offer and get back in touch if there is interest.

The Penrith and Eden Freegle group covers all of Eden district, with neighbouring Freegle groups covering other parts of Cumbria. There are more than 280 groups in the UK.

The group is free to join and everything offered must be free.

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