Giveaway scheme aims to create sustainable Weston

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 June 2011 | UPDATED: 09:49 07 June 2011

The give it away event will start at 9am, in the Italian Gardens

The give it away event will start at 9am, in the Italian Gardens


IF YOU’VE got unwanted items lying around the house, there’s a new, environmentally-friendly way to get rid of them, and get something in return as well.

The newly-created Weston Freegle project has been set up so residents can give away items which could range from washing machines to piles of bricks, and avoid sending it all to landfill sites.

And the scheme, organised by the Sustainable Weston group, will try this new, eco-friendly method out on the public at a give and take day in the town centre this weekend.

One of the project’s organisers, Lesley Asman, said: “We’re setting this up as part of Sustainable Weston – there are organisations like this in places like Bath, Bristol and Taunton, but not in North Somerset.

“What we would do is make it more local, so people would know they wouldn’t have to travel out of Weston if they had something they could get rid of.

“The main aim of this is to prevent things going to landfill when they really don’t need to.

“You can bring along anything as long as it’s in good condition and can be re-used, it could be a shed or a pile of rubble. If there’s any use left in anything at all, then there’s no reason why it can’t be used for something.”

Sustainable Weston is part of the worldwide Transition movement, which has groups in Winscombe and Sandford, and Wrington, which attempts to encourage people to live sustainably and reducing waste.

The give and take day event starts at 9am on Saturday at the Italian Gardens in Weston’s High Street, and is being held alongside Weston Hospicecare, who people can directly donate their items to.

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