The city advises planning ahead. “Don’t wait until the last minute and then throw everything in the garbage or our streets,” it said in the advisory.
Items can also be taken directly to the city Transfer Station at 1201 Second St.
Recycle acceptable items and use sites such as Craigslist, Freecycle or Nextdoor to find takers for items that can legitimately be re-used.
And what about sporting gear? It’s hard to imagine how weights can go bad. And it’s easy to imagine how many people are trying to get out from under them on sites like Craigslist or Freecycle.
It pays to hunt on Neighbourly, Freecycle and Facebook Marketplace to find free furniture that people no longer want. My entire lounge at my previous flat was furnished with four floral couches, which cost just $35.
The Freecycle Network: This forum emphasizes keeping items out of landfills, so members give away unwanted items, rather than pitch them. Search Freecycle.org to find a group near you.
Hit up junk sales, backyard sales, secondhand furniture stores and fairs, and places like Freecycle to see what’s available in your area. Though, one piece of advice that holds for new and secondhand furniture alike: It’s not a good idea to agree to buy a piece of furniture before you’ve seen it. Always book a viewing to try it out before any money changes hands.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been transitioning our children’s playroom to a room for teens. Our family challenge was to try and do it without buying anything new and coming out economically even, spending no more than we were able to generate by selling things in it. The result is that I’ve been a very active user of some tools of the circular economy: namely Freecycle.org, Goodwill, Craigslist and for the first time, Facebook Marketplace.
If you’re like a lot of the people watching the new Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” you have already looked around your home for things you want to get rid of. If you’ve already done the hard work of sorting through your belongings and culling what you do not need, great work!
Almost anything and everything
As family budgets bite, used goods platforms such as Facebook Buy Swap and Sell groups, Facebook Pay it Forward pages, Gumtree and Freecycle are becoming increasingly popular.
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.
A:If you have CDs, DVDs or VHS tapes that hold professionally recorded music or movies, and these are still in good, playable condition, then you have some online, satellite and brick-and-mortar options for finding their next home. There are websites and apps like Craigslist, FreeCycle, 5 Miles, Letgo and OfferUp that allow you to sell or give away used items for free. Book donation bins stationed around your community or at your local transfer station or recycling center also accept donatable CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes. Finally, you can just take them directly to a Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army or other local thrift stores. Find a list at www.rirrc.org/reuse.