Archive for the ‘Recycling Info’ Category

Mail Online: Too much stuff? Ditch your junk before paying big storage fees

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A lack of space and need to declutter has created a boom in self- storage. More than a quarter of a million people rent space with a specialist company to look after their possessions.

But these high-tech lock-ups, with their surveillance cameras and range of room sizes, are a costly way to store clutter you no longer need.

The first step to saving money on storage is to be ruthless with what you own. Throw out stuff you can live without or sell items using online sites such as eBay. Charity shops may benefit from a clear-out while you can also give away or swap items on website Freecycle.

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Royston Crow 24: Volunteers ready to launch Royston repair cafe

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Royston Freecycle group will launch the café as it celebrates its 10th year of keeping old items in use in the town.

Volunteer repairers will be helping people to mend broken items at a free event at The Meridian School, in Garden Walk, on Sunday, February 9.

Anyone with something that needs mending – bikes, toys, clothes, tools, small items of furniture, electrical equipment including IT hardware – can bring their item to Meridian School between 10am-3pm.

The broken item will be assessed and, if it can be mended immediately, the owner will be shown how to do it. If the repair is more major, organisers will refer people to local professional repairers.

The Repair Café is free, but advance booking is required so organisers know what items will be arriving. Online booking is at 9844376796

For local updates and other information about repair and re-use go to or call Chris Lee on 07962 157589.

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Online Athens: Tips to start living a greener lifestyle

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Downsize by donating things you no longer use. If you want to give away things you no longer need, donate to a local nonprofit or check out a local web-based Freecycle Network. This is a grassroots, nonprofit movement of people who are giving away things they no longer need or want and getting new stuff for free from other people in their community. Local groups are moderated by a volunteer and membership is free.

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The Telegraph: 50 ways to save money in 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

36. Check out websites for freebies. Go to websites like or for free bits of furniture, old electronics, books, clothes and other unwanted items.

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The Missoulian: Freecycle groups: Free stuff available for needy

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

You folks in dire straights who need free stuff, have you tried I read the pleas for “help” in the daily Missoulian. Often, what folks are asking for is readily available from generous folks offering free stuff to give away on furniture, food, vehicle parts, housewares, computers, building materials, do-dads and dust-catchers.

Both Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley have Freeycle groups. It’s free to post both “wanted” and “offers.” A yard sale is a lot of work. Giving it away is a cakewalk.

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BBC News – Hampshire & Isle Of Wight: ‘Your dinner’s in the bin’ say Hampshire freegan friends

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Libby, who says she is against consumerism, also decorates her home with lamps and ornaments found in bins or on the website Freecycle, on which people give away unwanted items.

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The Telegraph: How to get rid of unwanted Christmas gifts

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

… or give it away

Freecycle is the biggest online community through which people go seeking – or donating – goods. The site is national, but works best in cities where there is a greater chance of finding someone local who wants what you’re offering. Another website offering similar giveaway potential is

Read more Don’t Toss Old Electronics … Recycle!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Another recycling alternative is Freecycle, a bulletin board-type website that matches people trying to find homes for unneeded items with those seeking them. New Jersey has several Freecycle groups; use a search engine to find the one that serves your county.

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Choteau Acantha: Local Freecycle Network looking for participants

Friday, December 27th, 2013

The Teton County group matches people who have things they need to get rid of with people who can use them.

It is another spoke in the wheel that supports the local community, another tool in Linda Sentz’ toolbox. Sentz is a board member of both the Teton County Food Pantry and Neighbors Helping Neighbors organization, both organizations that give a helping hand to those people in need. She said that only 40 people are in the Freecycle group and she would like to see that doubled or tripled.

The national Freecycle Network has a goal of keeping usable items out of landfills, but a “wanted” or an “offer” posting on the Teton County recycle webpage might fulfill a basic need for a refrigerator or other appliance, for example, Sentz said.

The Internet listings help people give unwanted items to someone else for free. Freecycle creates a circle of giving rather than items discarded. To join the Teton County Freecycle group, sign up at

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Burton Mail: Free site growing from strength to strength

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

A BURTON branch of an initiative which allows people to support their community by offering items for free is going from strength to strength.

Freecycle allows people in the town to offer up any items they are looking to throw away to give them to other people in the area via a special online site.

The Burton branch has more than 50 items on offer, ranging from coffee tables and Sony televisions to old duvets and hair dye.

A spokesman for Freecycle said: “You only have to watch the Antiques Roadshow to know that we throw away too much that other people might find useful or even valuable.

“Freecycle aims to keep such stuff out of landfill.

“Everything offered is free, legal and appropriate for all ages.

“If people want to offer something, they just email the local group.

“After that it is up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a collection time.

“Similarly, if you are looking for something, post a ‘wanted’ message and a group member may have what you are looking for.

“Each local group is moderated by people in the area.

“Freecycle is a grassroots movement, entirely not-for-profit, involving people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their area.

“By using what we already have, we reduce consumerism, manufacture fewer goods and keep good stuff out of landfill.

“We get rid of junk that we no longer need and strengthen community ties.”

Freecycle was established in 2003 in Arizona and has since spread to more than 85 countries.

In the UK, there are now getting on for 600 groups with nearly three million members.

A nearby group that covers South Derbyshire has more than 1,000 items up for grabs.

Membership is free and, for more information, head online to

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