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Wisconsin Gazette:Greening The Holidays: Reuse, recycle, repurpose

Donate rather than discard items. When new gifts replace working but old possessions, donate them to a charitable cause or give them away. Check out the Freecycle network at

Read more Top tips for an eco-friendly garden

The increase in soil fertility that compost brings is immediately obvious. And then there is the satisfaction of seeing the volume dwindle in your rubbish bin. Different methods work for different people: rotary bins, heaps, wormeries, bokashi, collecting leaves. When I work abroad I am embarrassed by our measly efforts at composting compared to other countries, such as Japan and Germany. Recycling wisely wherever possible can also help to change your garden. Emmeline, who helps me in my garden, has made her own (good-looking) greenhouse with wood and materials from a skip and websites such as Freecycle ( When she has any excess produce, such as when her currant bushes are heaving, she rings her neighbours so they can help themselves. My halo spins slower here, but my pigs love me.

Read more What’s the role of local authorities and communities in a circular economy? – live chat

Local authorities are fragmented in their approaches and there are few political incentives for them to work together, which makes recycling and reuse often too complex and piecemeal for people to want to engage with. People pay for waste through their taxes and yet they feel disenfranchised from (or simply disengaged with) the whole process.

There are practical solutions springing up and reasons to be positive. Local repair groups such as Restart are teaching people how to repair and reuse products, the popularity of Freecycle (the grassroots organisation that lists products people want to give away) is an example of a real desire to move away from disposal, and younger people, suffering from the brunt of the recession, seem to be more engaged with what they are throwing away.

Read more Freecycle advert of the day: Offered – a ton of bananas in E5

Hungry? You need to get on Hackney Freecycle quick-sharp and respond to yesterday’s incredible advert where some kind folks in E5 announced they are giving away 200 bananas after their ‘banana crazy housemate’ went on holiday.

We’ve got so many questions about this: does this person really get through 200 bananas a week ? Do they buy them wholesale? How do they eat them all? Have they ever had potassium poisoning? Where do they store them? Do they have to be Fairtrade? What are they doing in Hungary?!

We don’t have the answers but we might pick up some to make a banana bread loaf, or 12.

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Southern Reporter: Sorting wheat from chaff in the digital age

I have also been a member of the local Freecycle group for a wee whiley, and so far haven’t replied to anyone’s advert and taken anything unwanted in, but I have got rid of quite a lot of tatt. Erm, I mean, stuff that we own of the unwanted variety.

So far, I have managed to offload, erm, I mean, Freecycle, a plastic pink and purple bubble car, a wee girls’ bike with ‘princess’ stickers and midget stabilisers, an old office swivel chair and a coffee maker. Beauty.

I will shortly be listing a heee-yooooo-ge bundle of Happyland (when I can work out how much a shed-load of Happyland will cost to post??), and have just sold a Beyblade Metal Fusion stadium on eBay. If you have to ask, you’re not with the programme, pops.

More plastic tatt (of the variety that I am utterly convinced no-one could ever want in their entire puff and so will not be Freecycled in any shape or form), is in the trailer waiting for a lift to the tip at Gala.

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Design Week: 170 museums sign up to exhibition recycling network

Museum Freecycle was launched in June following an open letter by Urban Salon creative director Alex Mowat published by Design Week, which called for an end to waste from temporary exhibitions.

Mowat’s proposal was for a “museum Freecycle website” connecting institutions so that at the end of an exhibition materials could be given away to other museums which might reuse them.

Freecycle executive director Deron Beal got in contact with Urban Salon via Design Week and the project got underway.

There are now 170 members across the UK including smaller museums such as the Bagpipe Museum and Bloxham Village Museum.

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Hindustan Times: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A world of freebies

Nine months ago, Vishal Dhaybhai, 31, a design entrepreneur from Udaipur in Rajasthan, was looking for an affordable smartphone. His friends suggested that he get a second-hand one, and directed him to a local store called Dariya Dil Dukaan (DDD).

“When I got there, I found a couple of smartphones that looked good and were in good condition,” says Dhaybhai, “I asked the price, and they told me the phones were free. I was delighted, and picked one.” Back home with his free new phone, Dhaybhai had a thought. “The next day, I went back and gave them my old phone, which was still in good condition,” he says.

“I felt, if a stranger could share something and make me happy, I should do the same for someone else.”

That, in essence, is the principle of freecycling, a philosophy that originated in the US, encouraging consumers to recycle goods by passing them on for free- and take from a common pool of donated goods, rather than buying fresh merchandise.

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Wandsworth Guardian:Much more than just great organic food!

The raised beds in our main growing site have been constructed from old scaffold boards while our container and planter themed gardens have been made from fruit bins, apple crates and half whisky barrels. The rest of our pots and planters have been acquired from the freecycle website – a brilliant way to offload or acquire all sorts of items for no money, and prevent them from going to landfill. We’ve even obtained quite a few loads of topsoil from freecycle too!

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WFMD: Frederick City Freecycle Roundup Event

If you didn’t get a chance the first time, another Freecycle Roundup event is being held on October 4, 2014.

Frederick City residents will have the opportunity to dispose of their large bulky items they no longer need. Officials will stage the Roundup at 531 Highland Street, known as Area K.

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Daily Breeze:South Bay Parenting: Craigslist, Freecycle give goods new lives

Before the Internet, you had a few choices for offloading unwanted stuff, including garage sales, donating it to a charity or tossing it.

But Craigslist, Freecycle and similar websites have given us another option: offering up waste to complete strangers, which is at least better than adding to landfills and may help someone in need if that someone happens to need a bag full of used wine corks.

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