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06 April 2017

Barrow Freegle and seed swap event – this weekend!

People in Barrow and surrounding areas can pop along to their local Freegle event this weekend to grab a household freebie and give away unwanted items.

The Give and Take event, on Sunday 9 April from 3pm-5pm at St Matthews Community Halls, Highfield Road, Barrow, allows anyone to pick up any item for free, preventing goods from being sent for waste treatment. 

There will also be a seed and small plant swap. If you have spare vegetable and plant seeds, or fancy trying to grow your own this year, come along and swap them for something new. There will also be information available on the garden waste scheme for Barrow Borough Council, and how to purchase a discounted compost bin or food waste digester.

Across the UK, Freegle keeps around 1,000 tonnes of goods in circulation monthly across the UK

Katharine Smith, Waste Prevention Officer for Cumbria County Council, said: “The Give & Take events are becoming increasingly popular and really are great news for everybody involved. They mean that still useful items find a new home rather than ending up in the household bin and ultimately in one of our waste treatment facilities. Events such as these can really reduce the cost of waste in the county. I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and pick up a freebie.”

Jude Cowsill, Halls Co-ordinator from St Matthews Community Halls of Barrow, said: “Everyone is welcome to come to our Give and Take day and you don’t have to donate in order to take something. This is the time of year to be thinking about planting seeds and what to put in your garden, so come along and see what is on offer. This is also an opportunity to purchase a compost bin / food waste digester for garden waste. Good news for landfill and a great investment for gardens!”

Any goods left over will be donated to a local charity.

For further details contact Katharine Smith, Waste Prevention Officer, Cumbria County Council on 07831 205382 or katharine.smith@cumbria.gov.uk

Freebie fans are also being encouraged to use Freegle’s new mobile app - an easy and simply way to use your local Freegle group. This can be downloaded from www.ilovefreegle.org/mobile/

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People in Barrow and surrounding areas can pop along to their local Freegle event this weekend to grab a household freebie and give away unwanted items.