Thursday 17 June 2010 3.18pm
Freegle is the biggest. It broke away from Freecycle because the americans that own it had stupid inflexible rules. Freegle took all the original Freecycle members with it. It's huge compared to the others.
Hi - slightly late response to this thread!
But I just wanted to comment on this post and the question of freecycle-style groups.
I'm a moderator with Lambeth Freecycle and I certainly don't know the whole story behind the Freecycle/Freegle split but here in Lambeth we have never had any interference from the American Freecycle Network. We are effectively independent of them and always have been. I know there have been some pretty bad arguments and/or misunderstandings between people - but they always seem grandly irrelevant to our day to day activity.
Anyway - my main point is to say I don't see any need for conflict between the groups - really we are still freecycle here because we couldn't be bothered to change our name and set up a new site etc etc, but we wish Freegle well. But I'd guess that here in Lambeth freecycle are by some way the largest group - in boroughs where the freecycle mods went over to Freegle they will be the largest.
I'd just sound a note of caution over Freegive; there have been loads of messages on bulletin boards everywhere promoting this new group (all identical cut and pastes) and someone has put a lot of work into it. I certainly can't see anything scammy about it on the face of it but it's strange to set up a directly competing group in the arena of community boards.
The main thing is we all help reduce unnecessary consumption and reduce landfill.
Happy freecycling, freegling and *maybe* freegiving.