Street Treasure = stuff you see on the street thats still awesome and needs a new home.
Did you know that in the UK, when you pop stuff onto the street it is considered as fly-tipping and actually illegal? Because of this the council are legally obliged to pick it up and dispose of it. If they don't see the treasure in what they find, it could go to landfill or the incinerator.
In an aim to reduce #waste, street treasure shares those gems with others. The initial visualisation of Street Treasure was a geolocated photo app that allows users to take pictures of ‘stuff’ they see on the street and share it with the community of users.
'Street Treasure' facilitates the re-homing of unwanted household items. 'Street Treasure' different from the free section on Gumtree or sites such as Freecycle or Freegal, it is unique because it focuses on items that have already been disregarded and chucked out onto the street. Putting items onto the street is considered as fly tipping (an illegal activity) and the council are legally obliged to remove it. If it is considered waste it will go to either landfill or the incinerator. Sadly many when many people put stuff onto the street they presume that a neighbor or passerby in need of that item has taken it home. Creating an intervention that can help re-home some of these items before they end up as waste has many positive benefits. Reducing fewer items sent to landfill or incinerator reduces poisonous emissions. Provides free items for the users. Builds a on the work of reuse & repair networks and the Sharing Economy as well as building on being more community lead. It can also link into other great organisations such as Repair café’s, where users bring along items to be repaired, from electricals to clothing. And local business and technology hubs such as Artpothecary, located in the Brighton Open Market, who have a 3D printer, perfect for replacing that missing wheel! However, before we design and build our app, we decided that the best way to start this project was to start with our communities and begin to grow them first!
Street Treasure now has two Facebook Groups - Brighton & Hove and Hastings & St Leonards both in the UK. If you would like to set one up in your area get in touch to find out how or join the movement. Just pop your picture in one of the group or use #streettreasure & #yourlocation or tag us to be reposted on other networks.