Those broken or rundown items collecting dust in your garage are getting a second chance at life with the help of Tucson’s first and only repair cafe.
Tucson Repair Cafe, a local organization working toward 501(c)(3) status,is committed to repairing non-functional items and educating owners on how to continue fixing them in case of needed maintenance in the future.
The goal of the cafe is to help break out of the current “throwaway culture” and take a step toward zero-waste living.
We’re also hosting a representative from the Freecycle Network, a grassroots online non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Freecycle participants believe in donating and reusing items. So, rather than throwing away older and/or unused items like furniture, electronics, keepsakes, kitchen and household goods and other stuff, Freecycle online groups post items for free while individuals also post items they are looking for online. It’s a win-win for everybody!
Another option to recycle and reuse is the Freecycle Post-Holiday Swap and Shred from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave.
Now in its 10th year, the annual event offers the opportunity to trade unwanted items in good condition — clothing, toys and games, kitchen and household items, books, holiday items, small electronics and much more.
“The swap is a big community recycling celebration. It is a goodwill event,” said Elizabeth Salper, library associate at Woods and the event coordinator.
Salper said that the event is a collaborative effort not only between the library and the community, but also between the offices of Ward Three Councilman Paul Durham and Pima County Constable Bennett Bernal, who provide document shredding in the parking lot. Shredding is free for one standard-sized box of documents and is limited to three boxes; if shredding exceeds one box, a small donation is requested to benefit Lend A Hand Senior Assistance, a nonprofit that provides services to help the elderly remain independent in their homes.
Items left over after the swap are donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson.
Special Earth Day Festival to learn about compost, recycling, energy efficiency, and much more. Play recycling games, learn how to compost, and create upcycled art. Stations include representatives from AIRE, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Environmental Services, Remove Invasive Plants, Creative Resources, Fitness, and more. This activity takes place when school is out, and all ages are invited.
This event is to raise awareness on conservation for environmental protection. Themes include reduce, reuse, recycle. Exhibitors should focus on themes surrounding Earth Day.
Kate Sweet, Freecycle Moderator was present at the event, she says:
‘all the stuff on the table was free and when folks selected an item I told them they did their first freecycle and offered to sign them up on the spot!!!!’
—Freecycle Day Sept. 15: Freecycle helps reduce waste by connecting people who are throwing away unwanted items with others seeking the same items. There are freecycle groups in both Morgan Hill and Gilroy. Visit trashnothing.com and click “Join Now” to sign up.
If you’re looking for a way to get rid of that old mattress or couch, the city of Frederick may have a solution for you.
The city has a new plan to help people who have no way of getting large, unwanted items to its next Freecycle Roundup bulk item drop-off event.
Employees of Frederick Community Action Agency’s Green Jobs program have agreed to help out.
The employees will drive around during the next Freecycle Roundup event in April to pick up items from people who preregister for the service, said Nikki Bamonti, executive assistant to Mayor Randy McClement.
“If it works out, it solves every problem we have had with this event,” McClement said.
The next Freecycle Roundup event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 at Walnut Ridge Park, 1151 Rocky Springs Road. City residents are asked to bring their unwanted bulk items to the park, and nonprofits will be waiting to sort through donated items to see if they can be repurposed.
A national museum recycling network, Museum Freecycle UK, was launched today to encourage the recycling and reuse of exhibition build elements between museums by Urban Salon and the Freecycle Network. The launch coincides with UK Recycle Week. Museum Freecycle UK is the first industry-wide and national Freecycle network created since Freecycle was founded in Tucson, Arizona in 2003.
The idea was floated in an article by Alex Mowat, Creative Director of Urban Salon in Design Week two weeks ago and received such a positive response, that Urban Salon went on to work with the Freecycle Network to set up the online portal. The group is being run by Urban Salon with the support of SHARE Museums East and The Collections Trust.
The City of Frederick “Freecycle” Roundup Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 5th from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Acceptable items will be collected at The City of Frederick, Yard Two, located at 531 Highland Street, officials said in a press release.
Listed below are items that will be accepted by The City of Frederick and Goodwill Industries:
Items not listed below will not be accepted and it will be the homeowner’s responsibility to dispose of those items. All items must be less than 7 feet in length, said officials.
City of Frederick Collection Goodwill Collection
Furniture (indoor/outdoor) Clothing
Appliances with refrigerants removed Purses
Large toys (playground, kitchens, Shoes
slides, etc.) Books
Swing sets (7’ or less) CDs, DVDs, VHS, etc.
Box springs & mattresses (3 each Furniture
per household) must sign Electronics
affidavit Computer equipment
Mowers, weed eaters, trimmers, Monitors
etc….with all fluids removed TVs
Grills with tanks removed Plastics
“Freecycle” Roundup Day is for City of Frederick residents only. ID’s will be checked to verify proof of residency, officials continued.