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How to recycle what you don’t want guide – or perhaps even give it away – is now online

Shirley PorterShirley PorterA recycling directory aimed at helping people to reduce, re-use and repair items in their homes before sending it off for recycling has been launched by Transition Marlborough’s recycling group.

And it is now working on a new idea of a “Freegle” site enabling residents to give away unwanted goods to others who might benefit from them.

Creating the directory has been a long task, suggested by Shirley Pryor when the recycling group met for the first time in October, 2011. Shirley proposed that they might update the local recycling directory, originally published by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust in 2005, and now out of date.

“Most of the charity shops in town had changed, several websites were obsolete and Marlborough now had its own Household Recycling Centre and a more comprehensive kerbside collection,” Shirley told Marlborough News Online.

“If you make a suggestion at a meeting, people usually give you the job of carrying it out – and, true to form, that’s what

happened.”

 Progress was slow until February this year, when Shirley was galvanised into action by the arrival of a new member to the group, Jo Payne, who offered to help the project.

Shirley uploaded the rest of the original directory and then worked on it daily to update existing details. They researched and added more information for the next few months until there was enough to publish, although they say there is still more to come and ask visitors to the site to contact them with ideas, other information and comments.

“It is more than a recycling directory,” added Shirley. “We’ve tried to focus on reduce, re-use and repair, with recycling as a last resort.

“The directory has been created for the Marlborough community, but the ‘reduce and re-use’ tips and the on-line links can be used by anyone.

“They just need to substitute their local charity shops, businesses and recycling facilities.”

And Shirley revealed: “Several other ideas are growing out of the directory, such as setting up a Marlborough Freegle site, where people can give away things they no longer want -- (similar to Freecycle. It might be particularly useful for items that you can’t take to charity shops, such as oddments of wood. 

“We’d love people to come and help us make these ideas a reality. We always welcome new members and our next meeting is on Wednesday 24 July in the Green Dragon at 7.30 p.m. – or drop by the Give and Take stall at the Communities Market and have a chat.”

For the recycling directory see www.transitionmarlborough.org/Recycling+Directory 

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