Golden anniversary for reuse on FreeTrade Ireland with 50,000 items in new homes!

Easons might not be happy but one user has started themselves a library for FREE this morning when they stocked up on 50 top quality books. The free trader bagged themselves popular reads from the Harry Potter and Northern Lights ranges and helped FreeTrade Ireland to reach its golden anniversary of 50,000 items reused.

FreeTrade Ireland is a community initiative, promoted by local authorities around the country and has been in operation nationally since July 2010. With over 41,000 users the free online service has helped to divert items weighing an estimated 1 million kg away from landfill through reuse.The service has saved its users an estimated €5.1 million through skip hire costs avoided and in savings to new owners who no longer needed to purchase a new item.

“We are thrilled with the success of the website and salute all our users who have found new homes for the 50,000 items free traded and helped to save 50,000 other users the costs involved in buying new items.” says Warren Phelan, Website Manager “ is a simple concept that provides cost effective resource management to both the people of Ireland and the Local Authorities”

For newbies to the service it is free and easy to use. If you have a usable unwanted item then it belongs on FreeTrade Ireland where it can find a new home within minutes. Households and businesses can save on the hassle of lugging the item to local recycling centre or the cost of hiring a skip, while helping out someone that wants the item. If you are interested in an item posted on the website simply contact the person advertising the item and find out more.

It’s a win-win situation and it’s all FREE!

“The high quality of items on the website has been astonishing. We have had people offering mobile homes, pianos, music systems as well as office filing systems, sofas and beds and even a fully fitted kitchen.” says Hugh Coughlan, spokesperson for “This service can literally save user’s thousands of euros as well as reducing pollution on the environment.”

The FreeTrade Ireland team will host a series of reuse days at recycling centres across the country in coming months. To find out more about using the service visit, send an email to or why not pop in to FreeTrade Ireland Facebook page to find out what the item of the day is!