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Motley Fool UK: 10 best websites for free stuff

2. Freecycle

As the name suggests, everything on Freecycle is free. You just have to pick it up. You may be lucky and get something that would be expensive to buy, like a lawnmower, in perfect working order. Once you have joined Freecycle, you can also post ‘Wanted’ requests.

The Guardian: Lockdown spirit lives on as neighbour groups become swap shops

It’s a picture mirrored across the country: community connections made in the peak of the pandemic helping to create unofficial swap shops. This sharing culture has exploded since the onset of coronavirus, according to a pre-WhatsApp website dedicated to giving away items for free. Postings on the Freecycle Network, a non-profit platform started in 2003, increased by 50% in June 2020 , its executive director Deron Beal has revealed.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/25/lockdown-spirit-lives-on-as-neighbour-groups-become-swap-shops

The Guardian: Lockdown spirit lives on as neighbour groups become swap shops

It’s a picture mirrored across the country: community connections made in the peak of the pandemic helping to create unofficial swap shops. This sharing culture has exploded since the onset of coronavirus, according to a pre-WhatsApp website dedicated to giving away items for free. Postings on the Freecycle Network, a non-profit platform started in 2003, increased by 50% in June 2020 , its executive director Deron Beal has revealed.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/25/lockdown-spirit-lives-on-as-neighbour-groups-become-swap-shops

Patch.com: City Of Berkeley: Keep Berkeley Clean As Cal Students Move In

Cardboard boxes: If using sites like Craigslist, Freecycle or Nextdoor for reusable items, take precautions when arranging pickups or drop offs – all parties should wear face coverings, keep six feet apart, avoid physical contact, and wash their hands before and after the exchange.

https://patch.com/california/berkeley/city-berkeley-keep-berkeley-clean-cal-students-move

In Your Area: Doddinghurst singer helps 187 people after breaking leg collecting for food bank

Dean set out to try and make a difference to people’s lives by appealing on social media for mobility aids and advertising them, for free, on Freecycle and other online groups.

Dean said: “The response was amazing. We have had nearly 200 individual people help so far in just three months.

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/doddinghurst-singer-helps-187-people-with-mobility-aids-after-breaking-leg-collecting-for-food-bank/

The Sun: How to save the planet with your shopping from bagging freebies to the ’30-wear’ rule

BAG FREEBIES

THE Freecycle Network you can find at freecycle.org allows people to list things they no longer need — so others in their area can have them for free. You can pick up a chest of drawers, sofa or even a TV for nothing.

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/3470673/save-the-planet-shopping/

BBC News: Sharing apps are booming but will the kindness continue?

Other apps, such as Freecycle.org and Nextdoor, have also registered a surge in altruistic behaviour during the pandemic.

“We went from maybe 60,000 posts a day to 120,000 posts a day overnight… it was amazing,” says Deron Beal, founder of Freecycle.org, a website that allows people to offer unwanted possessions to others for free online.

The site was flooded with so much activity that Mr Beal’s team had to activate additional servers to cope with demand, he adds.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57981598

Consumer Reports: How to Get Rid of Stuff at Home

If you’d like to share with people in your local community, consider groups like the Freecycle Network and BuyNothing (search Facebook Groups for one nearby). Freecycle, for instance, has more than 5,000 local groups worldwide, where members give and get free items.

“The window air conditioner you’re replacing with a new one is basically trash to you but could change someone else’s life,“ says Freecycle’s founder, Deron Beal. (These donations don’t qualify as charitable deductions.)

https://www.consumerreports.org/home-organization/how-to-get-rid-of-stuff-at-home-declutter/

One Green Planet: 7 Ways to Repurpose Old Barrels

With a little ingenuity, old barrels can really become something with a whole new, useful lease on life. Plus, completing a great DIY project just feels so good. So, get on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Freecycle, or wherever else to find a few old barrels for next to nothing and get to crafting.

The Verge: How to responsibly get rid of the stuff you’ve decluttered

For giveaways only, Freecycle is a service that introduces local people who have stuff to other local people who want that stuff. Once you find your community Freecycle through the main site, you are instructed on how to advertise what you are giving away. Freecycle sends out your email to all of its subscribers and anyone who wants the object replies. Their email is pushed to your personal email, and after that, it’s up to you to contact the person and arrange for the giveaway. And you’ve made two people happy — you and the lucky recipient.

https://www.theverge.com/22594200/recycle-tech-declutter-environment-green