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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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The Sydney Morning Herald: Freecycle changes the adage: Just as good to give as to receive

Friday, November 29th, 2013

‘I only own four items in this whole apartment,” Galina Globug said.

Ms Globug is one of 6.6 million people worldwide who give – and receive – unwanted things in a global environmental initiative called Freecycle. Its motto: ”changing the world, one gift at a time”.

Her eastern suburbs flat contains a bed, a wardrobe, a barbecue, a fridge, a dryer, a dresser, a gas heater, a cheese stand and a kitchen table. All were given to her for free.

”Oh, and a 40-inch TV,” the university student said.
”It’s pretty nifty. If people have stuff they don’t want it’s better than throwing it in the dump. It’s like recycling it back to the community.”

In return, Ms Globug recently offered some small plastic pots and glass jars to her Freecycle community.

The co-ordinator of one Freecycle group in Sydney, Tracy Getts, says as long as the goods – whether a bike, bubble wrap or a bed – are free, legal and suitable for all ages, they can be traded on the site for no cost. There are also no rules in how much people can take, compared to what they give, she said.

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Central Freecycle Gladstone is a positive place to get creative

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

THE saying one man’s trash, is another man’s treasure rings true for Facebook group Freecycle Gladstone.

Robin MacDonald has been one of the admins of the Facebook group for the past year, and since he signed up about 2000 more people joined.

Members of the group post their unwanted items for others to use.

“It helps people get rid of items they can’t get rid of themselves.”

Their old-fashioned values and strict rules of the use of please and thank you have resulted in a positive and friendly Facebook group.

Read more 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle for Free

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Of course, this list just scratches the surface of where you can go to recycle things you use in your everyday life. One “service” I continue to rely on to get rid of things I no longer need is Freecycle, where one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. It’s the ultimate way to recycle household items you no longer want or need—by giving them away for free to others.

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Lets LGA calls for joined up campaign on reuse

Saturday, November 16th, 2013


He said: “People are engaging with reuse more and more, whether through websites such as eBay or Freecycle, and the next step is to encourage this among retailers on the high street.

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White Rock Lake Weekly: WHITE ROCK VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE Network pays it forward, helps environment Read more: White Rock Lake Weekly – WHITE ROCK VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE Network pays it forward helps environment

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Photo courtesy of The Freecycle Network Deron Beal founded the Freecycle Network in 2003.
Offer: purple bike 19 in wheels (75223); Taken: purple bike 19 in wheels (75223); Offer: Bale of hay (75228); Wanted: gallon glass jar (75218); Nov. 4, 2013, digest #2975. So goes the pattern of recycling, Freecycle Network style.

When you donate an item to one of the many charitable organizations, which pick up from your home or have donation bins placed around town, it’s a kind, altruistic gesture. Though most of the philanthropic organizations are undoubtedly trustworthy, you never really know if the item’s going to someone who needs or wants it, or if it’s going anywhere other than the trash bin. As it turns out, about 70 percent of donations to some of the organizations are thrown away.

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Cote Quimper: Donner sur le réseau Freecycle

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Freecycle est un réseau de dons par internet. Il existe un groupe à Douarnenez et un autre à Concarneau. Pourquoi pas sur Quimper ? Gwenola Champel nous donne le mode d’emploi.

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The West Australian: Stock exchange the growing way to change

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Louise King runs the Freecycling Perth website, which has more than 8000 members who give away goods they no longer want, no strings attached. “My whole yard is paved with pavers from Freecycle,” Mrs King said.

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The Independent:9 cheap alternatives to heating a student house

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Electric heaters

Obviously this still uses power and you buy one so it isn’t the most price friendly option but if there’s a spare one at home or you stumble across one on freecycle then it’s definitely worth using. Although it doesn’t help much if you spend a lot of time in different rooms, it’s a great way of heating a small area that you all share.

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BBC America: How to set up home from scratch

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

But getting back to the (comparatively) easy, fun stuff: shopping. Set a budget and get on with it. Try not to get distracted by cost comparison searches and the targeted pop ups for discounted furniture that will plague your Facebook from now until you die. Even if you’re a high-end kind of Brit, consider buying cheap basics to tide you over, then add nicer stuff once you’re settled and are confident that you’ll stay for a while. The good news is that America has Ikea, so you can buy a home starter kit for a few hundred dollars. If your pot of cash is tiny to non-existent, investigate, and your local Salvation Army and other thrift stores.

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