Ascot Freegle

Ascot Freegle is part of a new online re-use network called Freegle formed in the UK as a friendly alternative to Freecycle.

In just six days since Freegle was formed, 143 local groups like ours – 28% of former Freecycle groups and representing over 664,000 members (32% cent of the total UK Freecycle membership) – have moved to the new co-operative umbrella organisation, and many more groups are expected to follow us.

Freegle which means Free Giving, Locally, Easily, offers greater freedom for us to organise the way we work to suit local needs, without the rigid management hierarchy imposed by The Freecycle Network.

The UK has been a big player in Freecycle’s global network accounting for approximately one quarter of all re-used household items saved from landfill, and with more members per head of population than any other country.

There are already millions of people in the UK who offer unwanted household items for reuse by others, rather than dumping them. The new site Freegle is open to everyone who wants to do their bit for the planet - just visit

Paul Thompson, local volunteer for Ascot Freegle said: "The creation of Freegle was inevitable when hard working Freecycle volunteers who merely asked for greater autonomy in the UK were summarily dismissed and their groups closed. This left us with no other choice but to set up an new recycling/reuse organisation for our members in the UK. In the long run it has been the best possible outcome. Find us at  '.

Other local Freecycle groups that have also joined Freegle include Bracknell, Reading, Windsor & Maidenhead, and Woodley. These groups alone represent 41,216 current members.
All such groups can be found on the Freegle website,

FREEGLE MEMBERS USE THE LIST AT THEIR OWN RISK. Please take reasonable measures to protect your safety and privacy when posting to the list or participating in an exchange. By joining the list, you agree to hold neither the list owners and moderators nor anyone affiliated with Freegle responsible or liable for any circumstance resulting from a Freegle exchange or communication.

SAFETY. Be aware! It is up to each individual member of a Freegle group when arranging for pickup of the item being given away to be appropriately aware of the potential risk of having "a stranger" come to your home to pick something up. Freegle and member groups, as listservs, assume no responsibility for this risk.

It's wise to arrange for a drop-off at a public place (shopping area, library, etc.); or if you do give a member your address, to leave the item on the porch without mentioning whether or not you'll be home. If you, for example, are a single woman living alone, you may want to meet downtown during the day to exchange the item, or have somebody with you at home, so it doesn't appear that you live alone.

Thank you,
Paul Thompson
Ascot Freegle Team Lead


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