A simple and effective way to encourage residents to reuse their waste through Freegle is to provide links on key pages of your website.
Our top recommendations for pages to include links on are:
Freegle is an easily accessible service that can be used by anyone and being community based enhances its appeal to residents. The key points are that Freegle is:
Some councils that we work ensure that when taking calls about bulky waste, residents are reminded that it may be cheaper and easier for them to try giving away the item using Freegle, other reuse organisations or charities. Providing a 'script' for staff to use is a simple way to do this, but you can also add it to the relevant section of your website. The London Borough of Richmond Council does an excellent job of reminding residents they can save money by using Freegle instead of paying for a bulky waste collection - see here.
If you are a county council, you can work with your districts and boroughs to ensure that a consistent message about bulky waste is promoted throughout the whole county from websites to dealing directly with residents. This is something that Cumbria County Council have done. We are happy to put you in touch with them if you would like to discuss how this has worked in their county.
By the time your residents have reached the HWRC it's generally too late for them to reconsider dumping their waste; but putting up posters, handing out business cards to site users on arrival at the gate or even erecting a banner in a strategic place can prompt residents to think about using Freegle as an alternative in future.
Freegle is about community as well as waste. It’s about helping people in need and bringing people together. Why not encourage other departments in your authority to make use of Freegle too?
We can promote your events and even post special messages on your local Freegle community site for free! Changes to your waste collection service, waste awareness or other council-run events can all be posted for free on Freegle to help you reach more of your community. If you’d like to do this, please get in touch with your local Freegle community volunteer.
You can also easily add your events yourself here .
Christmas is a busy time of year for local authorities. Arranging collections, organising waste prevention events, sending out collection calendars for next year and trying to help residents avoid generating what seems to be the inevitable mountain of waste.
Freegle are here to help make encouraging your residents to have a less wasteful Christmas a bit easier. We have a range of FREE ready-made templates available for you to push out through your social media and website channels as well as artwork that you can include on your collection calendars.
Feel free to cobrand any of our graphics with your own logo.
Freegle is a brilliant way of passing on unwanted stuff locally and giving it a new lease of life. It’s also a great way of helping families that might be struggling to afford everything at this time of year.
Use Freegle for:
And after the event…
Why not give promoting Freegle a try this Christmas and then track how it’s made an impact in your authority area by checking our pages.
If you’d like a trackable link to add to your comms that will generate stats specifically for the link, you can either set one up yourself or ask us to help email@example.com.
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