Reducing landfill waste and reusing items is at the core of the mission of the Freecycle Network (freecycle.org/town/TucsonAZ), a nonprofit grassroots movement founded by Tucsonan Deron Beal in 2003. Since then, it has grown to 9.5 million members globally who give and receive items for free through more than 5,000 local groups. Membership is free and the organization also offers small personal Friend Circles that allow members to lend items between friends and family members.
Who would have thought it would be easy to find a home, other than a C&D landfill, for a few hundred pounds of concrete chunks dug out of a beat-up driveway? But a single post on a website launched in Tucson, Ariz. drew plenty of takers: a school making a garden patio; a builder needing foundation material for a straw bale home; and a guy crafting an outdoor bench.
Akin to an online classified ads outlet, that website, Freecycle.org, has exploded in growth since its beginning, when Founder and Executive Director Deron Beal set up a Yahoo group so his friends and a few nonprofits could link to the new site to give and receive all kinds of stuff at no cost.
When I moved into my mother’s house, supplies for multiple cats were cramming available space and I only needed enough for two cats. I used freecycle.org to find people who wanted the extra beds, scratching posts, litter pans, toys, and carriers. I was already a long-time user of the site. I continue to use it for oddball items that occupy a twilight zone between too usable to trash, but too junky or bulky or simply not in demand for resale outlets.
Now that we’ve rolled out the new Freecycle user interface, we’re starting a new occasional column in Newswire to bring you tips and tricks for getting the most out of Freecycle. Today the topic is My Messages. This new Freecycle feature lets you handle most of your communications online.
Tip #1: When you reply to a post, choose Reply Online to keep your email private.
Tip #2: Whenever you make a post or reply to a post, be sure to keep an eye out for new messages so you won’t miss anything! Simply click on the envelope icon at the upper right on any Freecycle page to get to My Messages.
My Messages is where you’ll see:
- Replies to others’ posts (online replies only)
- Replies to my posts (online replies only)
- Chats with Friends
- Contact Moderator
- Notifications (system notifications show up here)
By having more ways to communicate we can keep more stuff out of landfills and save the planet, one gift at a time!
For more information about My Messages, please see our help guide here: https://freecycle.helpscoutdocs.com/article/94-my-messages
For more information about how to use Freecycle, click on the green question mark in the lower right-hand corner of any Freecycle.org page.
“Freecycle moderator Jakkie Durham and founder Deron Beal
are interviewed by Pat Marsh of BBC Kent. A recording of
just this segment may be found here. The full show of better
sound quality can be found here: (section starts at about 15.45pm)’
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From books to furniture to school supplies and kitchen utensils, we are finding new homes for unwanted items in our community and reducing landfill. A wide variety of items can be claimed or posted in this site, absolutely free! Come join us as we reduce the environmental impact of our waste as we help others find items they need! All you need is an email address. We hope to see you soon!
According to Deron Beal, founder and director of the 9-million-member Freecycle Network, which helps local communities set up free exchanges around the globe, people are itching to tap into the free economy — some because they are in need, others because they know their luck and can give.
Since the pandemic hit, Freecycle has grown at two or three times its normal rate, Beal said, with 10,000 new members joining per week. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-17/coronavirus-economy-neighbors-barter-trade-produce