Freecycle.org is a worldwide movement made up of many individual groups across the globe.
The motto is “One Person’s Trash can truly be another’s treasure.” It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator and membership is free. It’s a place to exchange items with people in your local community for free. To sign up and locate your community, visit the website.
Williston residents looking to get rid of unwanted items have a new venue to keep those items out of landfills.
Freecycle is “a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills,” according to the Freecycle website.
The local group has the same goal.
“Freecycle is a group that was started to promote recycling, only it’s a different kind of recycling,” Freecycle member Serena Woodward said. “Instead of throwing your old stuff in the trash, you give it to someone else. The main premise is that if you take something from Freecycle you’re agreeing not to sell it. If you decide that you didn’t need it or you’re done with it, you give it to someone else. It keeps stuff out of landfills.”
Freecycle is a free online program where students can enter whatever items they want to throw away.
“The idea is, you put anything on there, not wanting anything in return, and the understanding is that the person will come to you, you don’t have to send or transport it anywhere else and it’s free,” Rankin said.
Welcome to April, Ok, so it’s technically still March but Spring is certainly in the air!! It’s starting to get warmer out, and hopefully we’ll soon all be able to open our windows on a regular basis.
This also means Spring cleaning!
Get out to that garage, up in the attic or down to the basement. Now is the best time to get that extra stuff moved out and into a new home!
FREECYCLE IT!!!!!! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MilwaukeeFreecycle/
You’d be surprised what other people would love to have. Stuff you don’t even realize you still have. How about that thingamajig you have in that dusty box in the back corner of your basement. I know it’s safely guarded by a field of spider webs, but if you arm
yourself with a metal bowl on your head to protect your hair from getting dirty (please wash it before you cook the family dinner, well, if it’s for the in-laws, it’s up to you), goggles to keep your eyes safe, some earmuffs to keep critters out of your ears, gloves to
keep your hands clean, and a bio-hazard suit to protect your clothes, you can make it through the army of webs and get to that box. Then you can FREECYCLE IT!!!!! (and get the webs out of there too) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MilwaukeeFreecycle/
It’ll be fun, go for it. You never know, someone might actually really really really need that thingamajig, and you might be the only one that still has it.
We are called Milwaukee Freecycle and can be found at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MilwaukeeFreecycle/
Milwaukee, Freecycle is an on-line forum that serves as a tool to make connections between community members who want to help each other, themselves, and their environment. In a disposable society where many items are discarded long before they have actually outlived their use, The Freecycle Group helps people who have things they no longer use or want and connects them with people who want them but don’t have them.
A growing trend
Nationwide, there are 103 transition initiatives in 31 states, according to Transition United States, and there are nearly 400 initiatives in 13 languages across the world.
The Northfield group is now planning a community gathering to launch the service and have subscribers meet face to face as they introduce the potential benefits to the community.
The buzz is already building—not surprising for a community known for its volunteer culture, its penchant for recycling as evidenced by online Northfield Freecycle users, its Clothes Closet and Used-a-Bit shops, and loose trade of talents via community bulletin boards.
“I see it as a way we can build community, where people can give and receive outside of the money system,” says Jenny Gamer, owner of Pivotal Point Oriental Medicine, who is already signed on to the service. “It’s a real win for people with more time than money—the un- or underemployed
SOUTH EUCLID — The South Euclid Recycling Committee will present its Seventh Annual Freecycle from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at Bexley Park, in the parking lot off Wrenford Road.
The Freecycle allows all to drop off any household item no longer needed. Everyone else is welcome to take any items they might need from the Freecycle.
Any items left after 2 p.m. will be donated to charity. No money will be exchanged at the event. The Freecycle offers an opportunity for residents to rid themselves of household items no longer needed, while also finding something new to take home.
To date, more than 11,000 items have been kept from landfills through the local Freecycle group.
Fenton resident Stephanie Pytlowanyj heard about the online group in 2007. Members give each other yard-sale quality items they can no longer use, benefitting those in the community and saving items from being thrown in the trash.
There wasn’t a Fenton Freecycle group in 2007, so Pytlowanyj joined the Holly one. Several months later, she decided to begin a Freecycle group in Fenton. Now Linden is part of it, but Pytlowanyj still sees way too many usable items out by the curb on trash day, she said.
Freecycle is another group that you can join. Someone may be taking out some landscaping that you could use. Join freecycle and just ask for the unwanted plants. You can find a group near you at freecycle.org.
Bennerotte also suggested checking out Freecycle (think Craigslist, but everything’s free). Take what you would have lugged out to the curb and post it on Freecycle instead. You can then make arrangements privately for the pickup of the items. The City of Edina has nothing against keeping perfectly good items out of landfills, it’s just leaving stuff outside that is in violation of local ordinances.