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AARP: 25 Ways to Save on Shopping

    20. Find free recyclables. Join your local chapter at Freecycle.org. Then see if someone wants to give away stuff you are about to buy. The New York City chapter recently listed a free “hardly used” portable crib that cost $60 new.

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    The Times: Where can I buy a used mattress?

      You may find a good secondhand one for nothing in a local Freecycle group (freecycle.org). You can advertise for a “want” or browse to see what’s on offer. I gave away a good mattress that way. Some people even offer to deliver.
      Jane, via email

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      The Week: Finding Free Stuff Online

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        Stuff.co nz: There are some things charities just don’t want

          Another way of redistributing your old stuff to people who need it is to hold a garage sale or give it away on a site like Neighbourly or The Freecycle Network.

          According to Neighbourly Operations Director Sarah Moore there are lots of benefits of using the site. “Firstly – it’s completely free, we don’t charge for items to be traded,” she said. “Trading within your neighbourhood also means that items are generally pretty quick to be picked up and you’re not waiting for someone on the other side of town (or the country) to come and grab your kitchen sink!”

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          London News Online: It’s all change for coffee shop

            To decorate the cafe when Mr Snelling’s team moved into the 142 Deptford High Street site, pallets found in Resolution Way were stripped down and used for a counter, paint was sourced from Freecycle and a free sofa picked up from Southend.

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            The Press-York: New art studio for all the community to open in York

              She used Freecycle – the online recycling network where people offer unwanted goods for free with the aim of keeping them out of landfill.

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              Centre Daily Times: These businesses received an award for recycling efforts. Here’s what they’re doing

                State College Friends School
                The State College Friends School recycles plastic bags and film at Weis Markets, miscellaneous plastics at the county drop off bins, fruit pouches and energy bar wrappers with Teracycle, marker recycling through Crayola and batteries with the Battery Outlet. They reuse containers for starting plants for their gardens and art projects and use both sides of paper before recycling. The State College Friends School uses the State College Borough compost containers for paper waste, meat and pizza boxes and use their own composting bins for vegetable and fruit waste. They use Freecycle to repurpose items the school no longer needs.

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                Popular Science: Where to find the best free stuff online

                  FreeCycle is a non-profit organization, currently consisting of more than 9 million members, that aims to make the most of Earth’s limited resources. Part of that involves finding new homes for unwanted stuff, so it doesn’t end up in a landfill. As a result, you can find just about any free item, from televisions to beds for pets, on the free and transparent FreeCycle site.

                  Because the movement relies on community groups, you’ll want to visit the site and then search for offers in your specific area. Some regions have more activity than others, but unless you’re in a particularly sparsely-populated area, you should be able to find a decent selection.

                  Like Craigslist, FreeCycle will let you post as well as read others’ entries. So if you’re looking for a specific item, you can ask for it on the site—this type of entry will appear in the “wants” section. If you’re trying to get rid of something, you can post your own offers.

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                  The Daily News: Beyond the Bin: Decluttering by the season – Spring Fling!

                    Resource Magazine: CAN YOU RECYCLE… PLASTIC-PADDED ENVELOPES

                      Excess envelopes get offered on Freecycle, where it’s not unusual to have half a dozen interested people; many of whom sell items on eBay and are delighted to get free packaging. Once they are past their best, I’m afraid it seems that there is little you can do with Jiffy bags, but at least you can feel good about extending the life of them through reuse.

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