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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/

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

APNEWS.com: A pandemic clothing purge is on as normal life resumes in US

Alina Clark is about as tired of her pandemic wardrobe as her comfort clothes are stretched and torn.

“I have four sets of jeans, seven shirts and five sweaters that I wear every week,” said Clark, co-founder of a software development company in Los Angeles. “They’re everything I’ve worn in the last two years. Me and my wardrobe are suffering from COVID fatigue.”

https://apnews.com/article/health-coronavirus-pandemic-lifestyle-business-2c9458030350de5118eb3e26bcf39047

CNBC.com: World’s largest offshore wind farm developer to recover, reuse or recycle turbine blades

  • The issue of what to do with wind turbine blades when they’re no longer needed is a challenge for the industry.
  • A number of companies involved in the sector have attempted to find solutions to the issue.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/03/energy-giant-orsted-to-recover-reuse-or-recycle-turbine-blades.html

Money Talks News: 5 Ways to Fill Your Pantry With Free Food

2. Freecycle and Craigslist

These two have been around for decades, and both have a feast-or-famine reputation: You’re either lucky enough to live where there’s a great group offering great things, or you live in a place where people try to unload some pretty awful stuff. (Fun fact: A guy in Fairbanks, Alaska, advertised free dog poop — “You shovel, you haul.”)

https://www.moneytalksnews.com/5-ways-to-fill-your-pantry-with-free-food/

Earth911.com: Maven Moment: Old Photographs

Old photographs of immigrant ancestors or a city scene might interest historical or genealogical societies. Interesting or vintage photos could also find a new home through Freecycle. If the photos have the right appeal, a stock photo company, like Adobe Stock, might even pay for them.

https://earth911.com/inspire/maven-moment-old-photographs/

Earth911.com: Maven Moment: Unwanted Toys

When possible, reuse is even better than recycling. If the toys are still in good condition, passing them along to a younger child or offering them on Freecycle are good options. If they’re like-new or collectibles, selling them on Craig’s List or eBay is an option. Even items that aren’t in the best shape may attract a buyer; I saw a “Drowsy Doll” like I used to have on eBay — it sure brought back memories!

The Wall Street Journal: Free Stuff Is All Over Craigslist and Facebook, and It’s Getting Weirder

Those not tempted by a cracked bowling ball might consider the myriad other items offered for free on websites including Craigslist, Facebook and Freecycle. Recent offerings include bathing dust for chinchillas, 23 empty beer bottles, a barrel of used soybean oil, five single-serving packets of Arby’s sauce and a Mongolian-language version of the Book of Mormon.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/free-stuff-is-all-over-craigslist-and-facebook-and-its-getting-weirder-11612974910?st=j9w3gf9xyxiqmlq&reflink=article_email_share

Housebeautiful.com: These Are the Best Places To Donate Your Gently-Used Furniture and Household Items

Freecycle

Freecycle is an online recycling and reuse network that focuses on keeping useable home items out of landfills. By joining a local chapter in your area, you can list your stuff online for others in your community to take. All items listed on Freecycle are free with no strings attached. The network strives to reducewaste and saves precious resources.

https://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/a35227247/donate-furniture-household-items/

Earth911.com: Maven Moment: Rosary Beads and Prayer Cards

A quick web search and I learned that there are missions and organizations requesting donations of rosariesreligious medals, and statues. I could also list these items on Craigslist or Freecycle. Maybe someone collects ornate rosary beads or is devoted to a particular Saint.