Telegraph & Argus :Extra 500 tonnes of waste collected in Bradford per week during pandemic

The authority yesterday put out a statement urging residents to try and cut down on the waste they leave to be collected.

They have been asked to consider taking items to charity shops, furniture recycling warehouses or to “post them on internet sites such as Freecycle or Gumtree.”

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18612019.extra-500-tonnes-waste-collected-bradford-per-week-pandemic/

IOWA News: Iowa City’s Rummage in the Ramp goes virtual

With no in-person event this year the planning committee has put together resources to allow residents to get involved with waste reduction in the community.

There is a directory for Iowa City resale and consignment stores. The city is also recommending using freecycle.org.

https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/iowa-citys-rummage-in-the-ramp-goes-virtual

Martinsville Bulletin: Liz Weston: What to do with your stuff the kids don’t want

If you’re comfortable with people coming to your home or garage, you can list items for sale on Craigslist or neighborhood apps such as Nextdoor. Those are good sites to list items you want to give away, too, and many communities have Freecycle groups to help you find homes for unwanted items.

https://martinsvillebulletin.com/lifestyles/liz-weston-what-to-do-with-your-stuff-the-kids-dont-want/article_59bf2148-d618-5d3c-855a-e04b203a6b54.html

Henley Standard: Friends create sci-fi comedy film with set made in garage

When a shadowy stranger is murdered in Mr Yim’s Soup House, a diner in the solar system, traffic cop Lucha Flax decides to play detective.

The 22-year-olds came up with the idea shortly after graduating from the University of Southampton last summer.

Using websites like Freecycle and chipboard donated by Construct Scenery they spent about a month building the set.

They assembled a cast and crew of 20, some of whom had to leave the set for a day to attend their graduation ceremonies, with actors, comedians, artists, film makers and musicians giving their time for free.

Mr Evans, who lives in St Mark’s Road and studied English and history, said: “We happened to go to university by chance together and that’s when we started making comedy shorts together. https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/henley-on-thames/153521/friends-create-sci-fi-comedy-film-with-set-made-in-garage.html

Hastings Tribune: Bowl of oranges for a bunch of basil: Strapped for cash, Angelenos turn to bartering and sharing  28

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.

http://www.hastingstribune.com/news/national/bowl-of-oranges-for-a-bunch-of-basil-strapped-for-cash-angelenos-turn-to-bartering/article_6c8f0adc-8a23-5c8e-8e17-de6f9bb037e6.html

The Sun: HOUSE ABOUT THAT I’ve done up my house for free – I found my bath in the roadside & rug at the tip (but I DID pay 6p for my loo)

Familiarise yourself with upcycling websites like Ilovefreegle.org, freecycle.org, gumtree.com and Facebook Marketplace.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/11545227/hannah-isted-tip-south-wales-furniture/

Los Angeles Times: Bowl of oranges for a bunch of basil: Strapped for cash, Angelenos turn to bartering and sharing

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

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: 6 tips to deal with your lockdown rubbish mountain

PASS IT ON

You may have items that you no longer need but that still work and other people would be interested in.

That old chest of drawers or dining chair might be just what your neighbour is looking for.

You can use sites like Freecycle, Upcycle or local Facebook groups and find people in your area who might be interested in taking items you were planning to throw away.

This will save you money and also reduces waste. Make sure the process is contact free during the lockdown period!

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18408342.6-tips-deal-lockdown-rubbish-mountain/

The Morning Call:More coronavirus kindnesses: Cookie deliveries, toilet paper for shut-ins, flower bombing

“Knowing that my nearby markets had empty shelves also, I decided to try the online site Freecycle [The Freecycle Network]. Within 24 hours, I had two offers. Both people were very generous. They donated enough for this family and also for a group of people living in a residence elsewhere.

https://www.tribpub.com/gdpr/mcall.com/

Netweather:How to Be a Thrifty Gardener: 10 Tips for Gardening During Lockdown

7. Arrange Seed and Plant Swaps

Sharing is caring as they say and arranging seed and plant swaps is a great way to expand and diversify your plant stocks whilst supporting fellow gardeners. Whilst in-person gatherings are currently off-limits, you can take it online. You can use existing sites like freecycle and local community pages on social media or set up a new group dedicated to local plant swaps where members can post their plant requests and offers. And of course, you can keep it simple, doing a few swaps with friends and neighbours, collecting or delivering as part of your daily exercise.

https://www.netweather.tv/weather-forecasts/news/10191-how-to-be-a-thrifty-gardener-10-tips-for-gardening-during-lockdown