Wednesday, 9th May 2012
http://www.freetradeireland.ie is a free national online service where householders and businesses can pick up and pass on quality items such as home and office furniture, baby goods, electronics, DIY / construction materials and tools, sports equipment, musical instruments, toys, gardening accessories and motoring items. The online service is free to use and people can view ads for items as well as post items of their own once are a member of the site. Arrangements to collect items are made directly with the person advertising the item and no cost applies to either party. Items posted up on the website are generally in good condition, full working order and ideal for reuse.
The FreeTrade Ireland service is supported by Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and funded by the Local Authorities across Ireland. The website aims to help prevent usable items going to landfill and increase the lifespan of items for reuse.
http://www.freetradeireland.ie gives items a new life and a new home and greatly benefits people in terms of time and cost savings, as well as reducing pollution on the environment. The service is completely free to use whether you want to post a free ad offering your item or whether you are looking to obtain an item for free. The focus is on quality, usable items and so far we have had people offering mobile homes, pianos, a fitted kitchen, music systems as well as office filing systems, sofas and beds. All items are welcome and all items are available for FREE.
Approximately 40% of items on Free Trade Ireland fit in to the furniture category. Generally these items are bulky in nature, difficult to take to recycling centres, take up most of the space in a costly skip and most importantly are reusable or restorable!
In addition to the http://www.FreeTradeIreland.ie website and the Free Trade Ireland Facebook page, people can track and obtain items on iPhone, iPod touch and Android phones by downloading the FreeTrade Ireland App from iTunes and Android Market which is also, free of charge.
Compiled by Environmental Services, Waterford City Council. For further information, contact Ella Ryan, Environment Awareness Officer, Waterford City Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford. Telephone: 051 849938. Website: http:// waterfordcity.ie
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