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Recycling website offers free Christmas presents

A recycling website is hoping to encourage consumers to give away Christmas presents for nothing to cut back on holiday waste. VSkips is aiming to get 10,000 items by December to help encourage people to find free Christmas presents. The website allows members to create a virtual skip online into which they can place their unwanted items for other people to search and collect. Everything is offered on the site is free for collection and listings are organised by postcode area so that people do not have to travel too far. Co-founder Len Willis said: I am sure people will use the site in order to search for gifts at Christmas since many of the items being offered are not junk at all. They are simply items that people want to send to a good home. People will also use the site for recirculating their unwanted gifts after Christmas. As well as clothes there will be computers, TVs, toys, bikes, electrical appliances and lots of other items which are too good to throw away but which are no longer needed due to having received a newer version. Last year, according to Environment Agency figures, England sent 11.55 million tonnes of waste to landfill. Free giving websites have been promoted as an environmentally friendly way to cut down the amount of waste sent to landfill. Willis said: Many of our members are already keen environmentalists that set a great example by recycling. For example, one member recently collected a beautiful Welsh Dresser from a VSkipper who had been unsuccessful in selling it elsewhere. She reported that she could not believe it had been given away free for collection. Just imagine how much landfill space that would have taken up had it just been skipped. VSkips is also working with local authorities in a Community Aware Programme that facilitates their direct engagement with the public, allowing them to educate the public about green initiatives.

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