As a result of our home improvements we’ve found a few things lying around surplus to requirements:  Firstly the installation of the velux windows required over 60 tiles to be removed.  The builders kindly didn’t dispose of them in case we needed some spares (though I suspect he just couldn’t be bothered to move and dispose of them himself).  I would hate to think we needed 60 spares so after keeping a few to one side we wondered if someone else might want them since they are only 2 or 3 years old.  Sure enough through Freecycle they were disposed of in a week.
We have replaced the drop-leaf table in the kitchen with a new one.  Catriona had bought that table second-hand 10 years ago and it didn’t owe us anything so we Freecycled it too.  
Before building the decking at the back of the house I had to take up over thirty 2′ x 2′ concrete slabs.  Dad had taken 4 of them from me but in moving just those few I realised that to take them to the tip would have taken about 10 trips.  Maybe these could be freecycled too?  As it turned out this was the most popular item.
Freecycle groups are established area by area to encourage items to be re-cycled and to minimise the amount of landfilled site used.  You apply to become a member and are ‘vetted’, which I suppose is to stop the abuse of joining a large e-mail group to advertise or send spam.  You are encouraged to join only groups local to you and to offer items through your closest group.  There was no group for Bury but there was a large one with about 8,000 members covering Manchester with smaller ones for Bolton and Rochdale.  After offering an item, requests are sent through to your e-mail address and you can chose the most deserving request.
The slabs provoked 9 responses within 48 hours, some people just wanted a dozen or less but fortunately for us someone who had already arranged to collect the table also wanted the slabs.  This was the most convenient option for us and yesterday she and her husband turned up with a mini-bus and took everything away, I even threw in an extra 2′ x 3′ concrete slab which I had been unable to move on my own.
See for more details, it’s a brilliant scheme as everybody benefits from it; for the giver it’s the easiest way to have large objects removed and the recipient obviously saves money but most importantly precious landfill space is not consumed.

About holmesinho

Happily married father of 2 living in Prestwich 5 miles north of Manchester, England. I cycle most days though mostly commuting and also enjoy running and triathlon.
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