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About Freegle

Freegle is a UK-wide umbrella organisation, formed in 2009 by experienced volunteers and members of the free reuse community. The aims of Freegle are:

  • Promoting the keeping of usable items out of landfill.
  • Promoting and supporting local community groups working in the area of reuse.
  • Empowering and supporting volunteers working for local Freegle groups.
  • Informing and educating the public about environmental matters related to the reuse and recycling of unwanted usable goods.
  • Promoting sustainable waste management practices.

Each Freegle local group is run independently and is affiliated to Freegle Ltd. Freegle Ltd provides central services to these groups and their volunteers. Freegle Ltd is an Industrial and Provident Society for Community Benefit Registration no: 32410R. Freegle Ltd is owned by its members and governed by these rules. Local and national volunteers are eligible for membership. Freegle is registered as a charity with HMRC (ref. XT32865).


In 2009 a group of online reuse groups came together to form the Freegle network. Since then lots of other groups have affiliated and we are pleased to retain our purely volunteer run movement which keeps tonnes of usable items in use and out of landfill.

When we set up in 2009, it was as an unincorporated association. Freegle Ltd was then set up in June 2014 and all assets transferred in 2015. We are proud of what we have achieved and proud of you all for using our service to help our environment.

FREEly Given, Locally, Easily

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