Archive for the ‘Recycling Info’ Category

CapeCodOnline: Gonsalves: A commonwealth of lilacs

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Longtime members of the Cape Cod Freecycle online network, the Howlands have offered their purple and white lilacs free to anyone with “stout loppers or pruners” for a couple of years.

“When they bloom, we thought, instead of us trimming them, why not have people come over and do it? It’s a nice New England thing to do,” Howie explained.

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TimeOutIstanbul:Taner Ertunç röportajı

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Freecycle ile nasıl tanıştınız?
2004 yılında iş sebebi ile Almanya’daydım. Ne kadar süre kalacağım belirsizdi ve kalacak bir ev ayarlamam gerekiyordu. Evimi kiralarken eski kiracının satmaya razı geldiği her şeyi satın aldım. Daha sonra o yıl dünyada en hızlı büyüyen sivil toplum kuruluşunun freecycle olduğu ile ilgili bir haber okudum ve Almanya’da bulunduğum şehrin freecycle grubuna üye oldum. Evde kalan eksiklerimi de oradan zaman içinde tamamladım. Sistemin başarı ile işlediğine şahit olunca, işimin gerektirdiği İstanbul dönüşlerimin birinde, 2005 yılı içerisinde İstanbul Freecycle grubunu kurdum.

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The Daily News Journal: Smyrna Heart of Giving

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Warrick and Taraska first met on Murfreesboro Freecycle, a group that serves as a message board to connect those giving items away for free. The eventually added Jennifer Underwood and Twila Bilbrey. Among the four of them, they manage a Facebook page 500 members strong.

“We were talking one day and I said, ‘Let’s do a Smyrna Freecycle,’” Taraska said.

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Western Courier: EarthFest teaches sustainability

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

The Freecycle station was a huge hit. Freecycle promotes the idea of recycling items by donating them to others, rather than throwing them out, and encourages individuals to be conscious of what they throw away. The Freecycle station at EarthFest held many treasures from clothes to light bulbs. Although EarthFest is only done once a year, there is a McDonough County Freecycle Network located at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mcdonoughcoilFreecycle/info.

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Newsday: How to get rid of unwanted stuff in NYC

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Lai is also an active volunteer in the NYC Freecycle group, which was founded in 2003 and now has more than 55,000 members. Givers post “offers” of what they have to give away (tea pots, telephones, chairs, baby clothing) and then sift through responses.

People searching for something specific can also post “wanted” notices. (Disclosure: this reporter has given away air conditioners, shoes and electronics on Freecycle and is still watching the television that a delightful Brooklyn lawyer gave her via Freecycle after he upgraded.)

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Waco Tribune Herald: Fabulous! Celebrate Earth Day with small green lifestyle changes

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

8. . Join Freecycle to find items you need or get rid of items you don’t. The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,121 groups with 7,064,695 members around the world. It’s a grassroots, nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers. Membership is free at www.freecycle.org.

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Maple Ridge Times: Free stuff part of Maple Ridge Earth Day activities

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Giving the phrase “nothing in life is free” a good, solid kick in the pants is the third annual Family Freecycle at this year’s Maple Ridge Earth Day celebrations.

Volunteers with the Family Freecycle collect gently used kids’ books, toys, and clothing in the weeks leading up to the event and give it all away to the public for free at the Greg Moore Youth Centre during Celebrate Earth Day, which takes place this year on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -

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Gloucester Advocate: Freecycle cuts landfill and builds networks

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

FREECYCLE is a novel way of reducing landfill and helping a neighbour out at the same time.

After a long break The Freecycle Network is once again working in Gloucester. Copeland’s Jackie Clark has taken on the role of moderator for the Gloucester group under the guidance of the main organisation.

Freecycle allows members to register their email address with a local group then advertise what they want to give away.

Alternatively, they can ask for something they need and it is all completely free of charge.

“I have used Freecycle for years and received floor tiles, wall tiles, goldfish, trees, plants, a bread maker, cot and ride-on toys – among other things,” Jackie said.

“When we moved, I got rid of unwanted crystal glasses and jugs, old chairs and other stuff.

“It works well because there is no expectation by anyone beyond the wish to help the environment.”

Freecycle began in the US in 2003 and has since spread to 85 countries across the globe.

“It’s a great way to keep stuff out of landfill, but it’s also a really good way to establish and build relationships,” Ms Clark said.

“Everyone remembers grabbing something from the tip. This way, you don’t even have to get as far as the tip.

“Freecycle members worldwide are currently keeping over 500 tons a day out of landfill. This amounts to five times the height of Mt Everest in the past year alone, when stacked in garbage trucks.”

The rise of the ‘Buy, Swap and Sell’ concept thanks to social media has been a revelation in recent years and Ms Clark feels the Freecycle initiative can be just as successful.

Jackie has already approached Gloucester Shire Council for its support and council’s environment and waste services coordinator Tania Parkinson has agreed to raise the Freecycle concept with Midwaste.

To learn more about Freecycle visit the website www.freecycle.org

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The Guardian: Guerrilla gardening, Freecycle and swap till you drop: how to live for free

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Clothing

Freecycle everything

If designer Gucci isn’t top of your wishlist, then clothing yourself for next to nothing isn’t as tricky as you might imagine. Clothes are more sharable and riper for “gift exchange” than other essential living items, which makes sourcing garments in the free economy easy. Sites like the Freecycle Network, a grassroots not-for profit organisation, and CraigsList offer up white goods, furniture and clothing for no cost. The premise is simple: specify where you are and what you’re after, and chances are you’ll find someone giving it away. A quick search for “women’s clothes” came up with a “donator” just 800m away from my flat. Some adverts are vague – “bag of clothes”, “women’s coats” – and some specific – “eight pairs of cut-off size 8 Levis”. Free items, with stories behind them; what’s not to love?

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HamletHub:County Offers Free Service to Exchange Unwanted Items

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Donation Is Also An Option

You can also donate items to local charities or participate in online groups that serve as a forum to exchange items, such as Westchester Freeshare and Westchester NY Freecycle. You must have a Yahoo! account to use these programs. Westchester NY Freecycle maintains a “two strikes, you’re out” policy to guarantee proper participation.

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