Homes and businesses save €1.7 million through FreeTradeIreland.ie in 2012
Stop the hoarding, de-clutter your attic, throw away the skip and reduce your waste – are you making impossible New Year’s resolutions again this year? Well it won’t be impossible in 2013 with FreeTrade Ireland. In 2012, 32,000 users engaged with FreeTrade Ireland to reuse 16,000 items like toys, furniture, electronic goods and garden equipment.
“In 2012 seven out of ten ads posted were successfully answered in 2012, which is an average of 44 items reused each day. This reuse has delivered over €1.7 million in savings to users with over 290,000kg of materials avoiding landfill as a result,” says Warren Phelan, Website Manager who has just launched the new Free Trade Ireland awareness video “We have a new video on our website showing people how to use the service and the benefits of it, which will hopefully encourage even more people to use FreeTradeIreland.ie in 2013.”
www.FreeTradeIreland.ie is a free, public online service that helps people to reuse unwanted items. If you splashed out on a new TV this Christmas and want to give your old one away for free, the website is the most convenient way to do this. FreeTrade Ireland users are saved the hassle of trekking down to local recycling centres or the cost of hiring a skip. 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!
By the end of 2012 over 60,000 items will have been reused through the FreeTrade service since it started in 2006. The service currently has over 43,600 users registered and saved users an estimated €1.7 million in 2012. These savings have been generated through avoided disposal costs and in savings to new owners who no longer need to purchase a new item.
“The statistics speak for themselves – we have had over 300,000 visitors to the website in 2012 alone,” says Hugh Coughlan, spokesperson for FreeTradeIreland.ie. “This proves that Free Trade Ireland remains a highly efficient way of preventing quality resources from becoming a waste while also encouraging social engagement within communities”.
For your 2013 New Year’s resolution, why not join the thousands of registered users who are trading unwanted quality items instead of them being dismantled and sent through energy intensive recycling or disposal processes?
FreeTrade Ireland is a community initiative, promoted by local authorities around the country. The FreeTrade Ireland team will host a series of reuse events in the New Year, but don’t wait for us to come to you – check out our video on YouTube, Vimeo and our own FreeTradeIreland.ie website and get reusing today.