A lot of people love to use Craigslist and sites where you can purchase used items from people in the area, but there is a similar website that gets you the items for free. It’s called Freecycle. You just search your area and it will tell you what people are giving away for free and where to pick it up.
Still working IT equipment can be donated to places such as the Hospice Shop, listed on Freecycle, or for larger quantities, The Waste Exchange.
It’s the same story in the final London-themed section, where a big interactive map on a screen highlights 25 worthy initiatives across the city, from Open Data Camden – a project to put 300 different datasets online, on everything from parking bays and planning applications to housing stock and road accidents – to Museum Freecycle in Kennington, a hub that allows museums to share unwanted items. The captions and photos that pop up on the screen will thankfully be augmented by real life discussions every Thursday, when each of the 25 groups will host a lunchtime event.
This month we’ve been lucky enough to interview Deron Beal, founder of the Freecycle Network – a global movement supporting people gifting each other with items rather than sending them to the landfill.
The numbers reflecting the Freecycle Network’s success are astounding: over 9 million members in more than 5,000 local groups in 110 countries with over 732 million pounds of used items being gifted and re-gifted.
This success shows that Freecycle isn’t just one website, it’s a global network of millions of people, all sharing in the mutual value of giving. Talking to Deron it became very apparent that shared values are at the heart of the freecycle network. Deron has injected his passion, light-hearted nature and humour into his work, and it’s reflected in this global and swelling movement.
Garages, sheds and basements are tricksters. They masquerade as benevolent storage areas, but if you’re not vigilant, they can quickly morph into black holes full of things you don’t want, don’t use or would rather forget about.
Spring is the perfect time to reclaim your turf. Here’s a field guide to common black-hole clutter and how to responsibly rehome or recycle just about all of it:
Nonfunctioning appliances, power tools and outdoor maintenance equipment: If they’re fixable (just not by you), list them with one of our many local online recycling communities (Yahoo Freecycle Newburyport, Nextdoor Newburyport, Newburyport Curb Alert on Facebook) with an honest description of their condition.
1. Buy used, pay cash
Even if you pay the exact same price for two items, if you buy it on credit, you could end up spending double the price, depending on how long you take to pay it off. On the other hand, if you look online and find someone in your area selling the same item on a site like Craigslist or OfferUP, you can sometimes pay half the price of retail or less. Better yet, you can often find things you might need for free on Freecycle. Check to see if there is a local Freecycle group in your area.
What about your less-than-perfect or more unusual items that still have plenty of useful life left (just preferably at someone else’s house)? Freecycle Newburyport is a long-established online community where you can list all your unwanted items with an excellent chance that a fellow member will gladly take them off your hands. You can even list items that are partially used or in need of minor repair. (Remember that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.) For Freecycle signup: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FreecycleNewburyport/info.
THE FREE STUFF
The Freecycle Network is a global phenomena and, founded in Tucson Arizona in 2003, one of the earliest platforms to encourage gifting. It is based on environmental principles, and Freecycle claims that its recycling initiatives ensures that over 500 tonnes a day of waste are kept out of landfill. There are over 9 million Freecyclers globally. There is one Freecycle group in Canberra with nearly 3,000 member.
Justin Atenzon, 6, and Michelle Atenzon, 9, with a mannequin ship their household obtained from Freecycle, an internet neighborhood that curbs environmental waste by recycling outdated gadgets inside communities somewhat than sending them to landfills. much less
Justin Atenzon, 6, and Michelle Atenzon, 9, with a mannequin ship their household obtained from Freecycle, an internet neighborhood that curbs environmental waste by recycling outdated gadgets inside communities somewhat than sending … extra
Supply No. 5823548 had all of the cadence and intrigue of a Hemingway quick story: “Cookie press. Model new by no means used,” the topic line learn.
The true story, much less so: Consumer mk0120 simply did not need the factor, and had no space for storing or spritz cookies cravings. It was gone the subsequent day, directions included.
The provide, posted to Albany’s on-line Freecycle neighborhood, is one in all a whole bunch of native day by day giveaways that comprise the rising so-called “present economic system.” The Freecycle Community, based in Arizona in 2003 and lately has unfold by way of the Capital Area, challenges members to desert the standard quid-pro-quo economic system in favor of environmental and social altruism.