Page added on May 5, 2012
Climbing shoes, a pink Christmas tree, a piano, an abs trainer and a conservatory are just some of the things residents have given away via a reuse website.
www.freeuseit.org enables people to give or take items for free, preventing them from being sent to landfill.
Since it was set up in December 2009 by the Leicestershire Waste Partnership, which is made up of the county, district and borough councils with the city as an associate member, the website has helped find homes for around 93 tonnes of waste.
Now a new phone application, initially launched on the iPhone earlier this year, has been rolled out for android phones, making it even easier for more people to get involved in Freeusing
Guy Jackson, Chairman of the Leicestershire Waste Partnership, said: “All sorts of items – some very practical and some a bit more quirky – have been found new homes thanks to www.freeuseit.org
“The website has done a great job in helping to reduce the amount of waste that has been sent to landfill.
“However, with the increasing use of smart phones we thought it would be a good idea to make Freeuse even more accessible. The app looks great and we hope it will encourage even more people to reuse unwanted items.”
Users are able to upload their unwanted items on to Freeuse directly from their phone and use the GPS function to find items that are local to them – for free.
They can also carry out searches, view and express interest in items, share items via Twitter, Facebook and email, access help and FAQs and leave feedback. In addition, the app can locate nearby recycling points.
The app is not available on Blackberry but The Freeuse website can be accessed on all web enabled phones