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The Idea Dont throw it away, give it away The problem: Average person in the UK sends about 319kg to landfill per year The solution Free gifts to keep.

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1 The Idea Dont throw it away, give it away The problem: Average person in the UK sends about 319kg to landfill per year The solution Free gifts to keep stuff out of landfill Sofas, computers, clothes, Giant African Land-Snails, World War II air-raid shelters… Free to join, free to use Saves money, effort and the planet

2 Using it Local virtual communities Go to Find a local group on Yahoo, e.g. Reply to WANTED or OFFER mails Send them yourself People sort out collection between themselves

3 Running It What needs doing? – Moderating groups – Spreading the word – Tools and Processes Who does it? – Entirely volunteer-run – 200 groups across the UK – Nearly 1 million members – Hundreds of volunteers

4 Engaging volunteers – Vital to flourish – Varied skills and temperaments – Decision-making Keeping it local – Consistency vs flexibility Traps – Trademark & enforcement – Funding vicious circle The Challenges

5 Why it works Makes it easy – low barrier to entry Variety of motives – Environment – Community – Finance – Convenience Technology creating community

6 Summary Dont throw it away, give it away Simple brilliant idea …underpinned by technology Unique virtual movement …with unique challenges Throwing stuff away should be like drink-driving …responsible citizens just dont do it


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