Archive for the ‘Recycling Info’ Category

PhillyBurbs.com: $aving Bucks through Freecycle

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Nothing beats the economic blues like free stuff.

So many, including myself, are turning to Freecycle, a network of communities dedicated to giving and getting things — furniture, toys, clothes, etc. — all for free.

It’s another feel-good online destination to help you save money and reduce clutter.

Freecycle, its website touts, is about “keeping things out of the landfill, sharing an item that retains usefulness, clearing out unused clutter and community.”

It is not a charity, a “lending closet, a free-for-all, a means to get as much free stuff as you can, a way to get more stuff to sell or auction” or “a way (to stop) from taking your broken items to the dump if that’s where they belong.”

The ground rules are straightforward. Everything has to be free, legal and appropriate for all ages.

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Bella Online: Getting Rid of Large Household Items

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Freecycle – The advantage of using freecycle is that the person who gets it is responsible for taking it away.

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Yahoo Finance: How to furnish a home for free

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

She regularly picks up materials that are being sent to the tip by owners, and combs websites such as Freecycle and Gumtree to pick up bargains.

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Poughkeepsie Journal: Sharing gains popularity as greener option

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

The nonprofit Freecycle Network, which runs a Craigslist-style website where people can list items they want to give away, pioneered using the Internet to facilitate diverting reusable goods from landfills when it launched back in 2003. To date, more than nine million individuals across 5,000 regions have used the group’s freecycle.org website to find new homes for old items.

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The Mercury: Sharing is cool: It’s the environmental key to maintaining our quality of life

Friday, August 16th, 2013

The non-profit Freecycle Network, which runs a Craigslist-style website where people can list items they want to give away, pioneered using the Internet to facilitate diverting reusable goods from landfills when it launched back in 2003. To date, more than nine million individuals across 5,000 different regions have used the group’s freecycle.org website to find new homes for old items.

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The Guardian: A-Z baby on a budget

Monday, August 12th, 2013

F is for Freecycle

However much you fight against becoming a neurotic parent – with a home that breeds pint-sized equipment as fast as sick stains appear on the sofa – you plunge into a world that requires an inordinate amount of stuff for remarkably short periods of time. This leads to the constant problem of where to store it, which probably explains why so many transactions on Freecycle involve baby gear. The online recycling forum is simply the best place to discover that someone in your area has a load of unwanted bits and pieces that will save you a fortune (freecycle.org).

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West Island Gazette: Bill Tierney: :Downsizing, upsizing are only a couple of clicks away

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Are you looking for a Japanese dish set, black with red chop sticks? Perhaps not.

How about a queen-size bed?

How about upping the stakes to two twin mattresses plus a queen mattress and then throw in a box spring? Or maybe you could use a tube to put blueprints in, at least four feet long? Or a 74-inch custom-made vertical blind, part beige and part black? And while you’re at it, you might want to grab a crystal bowl with plastic cups and one spoon.

You probably won’t want those two 1950s tables, both missing legs. One is white and silver Formica, the other is faux bois. Apparently both tables seat four to six people, with or without the leaves, which the owner can give you, and your guests will be very happy as long as they don’t mind eating at odd angles where the legs are missing.

It’s all yours, free. All you have to do is pick the stuff up. You can check out the list of available giveaways at www.freecycle.org. It’s like an online garage sale with no money changing hands. Join the Montreal group. When signed up, a reader writes, a daily email comes with all the new wanted and unwanted items listed.

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NECN: Money Saving Mondays: FreeCycle movement

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

(NECN) – You’ve heard the old saying ‘the good stuff doesn’t come cheap,’ but that might not always be true. In fact, sometimes, the good stuff can be free!

Our Leslie Gaydos explains in this week’s Money Saving Monday.

Christina has practically furnished her whole house with free stuff.

From plates to a dining room hutch, she did it through freecycle.org – a network of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their own towns. You register, pick your state and the towns closest to you and you’ll start getting emails about stuff that’s up for grabs.

Christina admits it can be hit or miss but she says she’s had a lot of good luck.

Some have said signing up for FreeCycle can send a lot of emails your way but there are settings on the site to limit those.

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Yahoo Finance: 10 ways to cut the cost of running your home

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Check websites such as uk.freecycle.org, where you can often get free second-hand products. If you’re in need of a big appliance, a lawn mower or carpet cleaner, for example, try to borrow one by looking on local community forums or by asking your neighbours.

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Santa Barbara View: EcoFacts: More on Sharing

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

A valuable sharing resource local to thousands of communities, is freecycle.org, which is moderated locally by volunteers. I have enjoyed this service as both a giver and receiver. ”Freecycle performs many wonderful functions: building bonds and community, keeping material items from the landfills, and redeeming the clutter that consumes by moving it forward to a new, productive life.” I’ve been amazed by the specific items posted and gratefully taken – the old one person’s trash is another’s treasure thing. But items of value are also offered, maybe because the transaction feels better, cleaner, than attaching a price and posting it on Craigslist. It’s generosity among neighbors in the larger sense.

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