Belfast Telegraph

Our stuff just keeps building up

Northern Ireland's number one agony aunt Fiona Hurley answers your problems

Dear Fiona, This seems a trivial problem but it’s starting to send me round the bend.

Our family — one husband, two kids, one cat, two dogs and a guinea pig — create such a huge amount of rubbish that however much I throw away, the mountain never diminishes.

Of course, I take stuff to charity shops but some of it ends up on the dump which is wasteful.

What can we do?

Fed-up Mum, Belfast

Dear Fed-up Mum,

If you have a computer, you should try Freegle (, an initiative encouraging people to give things away by signing up online, listing what you have then distributing it to happy recipients.

A win-win situation.

There’s also recycling — Belfast City Council can give you details of your nearest centres.

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