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Thurston Talk: Thrifty Thurston Scores Free Stuff

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The Freecycle Network is a grassroots nonprofit that allows users to post items they intend to give away and browse items offered by others in their local community. Based on a desire to keep good stuff out of landfills, strengthen communities, and instill a spirit of generosity, The Freecycle Network has been serving communities across the globe since 2003, and estimates that they keep over a thousand tons of usable items out of landfills each day. While browsing The Freecycle Network for items in Olympia, I found a pair of zebra finches, a rhododendron bush, baseball cards, a box spring, and a small trampoline being given away for free.

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Your Money: Top money saving tips for students from students

“The amount of money my friends wasted on transport when they needed to get to a lecture was crazy in my eyes. Look on Freecycle to get a bike for free. That’s where I found mine – it just needed new brake pads.”

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Free Malaysia Today:18 things you can receive or donate in ‘Freecycle Malaysia’

The Freecycle Network (TFN) is a non-profit organisation registered in Arizona, US and as a charity in the United Kingdom. TFN coordinates a worldwide network of “gifting” groups to divert reusable goods from landfills.

Freecycling is a combination of two words – free and recycling. The whole idea is to offer items in good condition to other people, for free.

Indirectly, you get to save money and encourage community interaction, too. It’s a great concept.

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The Guardian: Forget profit. It’s love and fun that drive innovations like Parkrun

If you want to get rid of your old table or cot, you might advertise it on your local Freecycle board. The world’s largest nonprofit recycling network, Freecycle has 5,000 gifting groups with 9.4 million members in 110 countries, including the Palestinian Authority. The global HQ for this vast operation is in Tucscon, Arizona, and has a grand total of two employees, including the chief executive. (They share the office with two other nonprofits, and if you ring, the CEO has to go outside so as not to disturb anyone.) They rely on 2,000 or so moderators, who run their boards for their communities for free.

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Dubois County Free Press: New online community helps people share, recycle

new online community designed to help people share stuff for free was recently launched by a Huntingburg resident.

Andrea Himsel decided to create a local FreeCycle group to support the community. She moderates a group on the FreeCycle site called “Huntingburg FreeCycle” although posting on it isn’t limited just to Huntingburg area. All surrounding communities are welcome to become members and use the service.

“I’ll accept members from Dubois, Martin, Crawford, Pike, Daviess, Orange, Spencer, Warrick and Perry Counties,” Himsel said.

It’s just getting started so there aren’t a lot of members yet

FreeCycle is a nonprofit company that launched in 2003 to allow people to connect to share things — household items, advice or help — for free with some semblance of anonymity if so desired.

According to the company’s website, the founder hit upon the idea of the online community while working for a nonprofit that helped businesses recycle unwanted items and equipment. He and other members of the team would approach various local nonprofits to see if they could use the items. They then decided to take the idea of sharing online and launched Freecycle.org through an e-mail group.

Himsel experienced first hand how helpful FreeCycle was to her when she headed to Indiana University after graduating from Jasper High School. She was attracted to using the service because of the recycling it helped to foster but also out of her own personal needs.

“Struggling financially and supporting myself while attending IU, I posted, ‘Wanted: Hard-boiled egg cooker,’” she explained. “I did not get a cooker, but some responses said, ‘Hey, you can just boil them in a regular pot!’”

Seems helpful but then she didn’t have any pots. However, that was remedied quickly with a couple more posts on the Bloomington FreeCycle page.

With pots in hand and eggs boiled, Himsel saw the benefit of the community.

“It was my first apartment my sophomore year and I spent a lot of money buying my textbooks so I started from scratch with my kitchenware,” she explained. “FreeCycle really made it a little easier after being shell-shocked moving from Jasper to Bloomington and experiencing homesickness.”

In addition to pots and pans, Himsel was able to find measuring spoons, dishes and other items needed for someone just getting started on her own as well as a trashcan for a friend. “The majority of what I asked for I received from like-minded people,” she said adding that wasting or trashing something should be a last resort. “Many things can be salvaged and made to look like new again with a little TLC.”

FreeCycle is similar to the free classifieds on Craigslist. It works well because it is moderated and with email, communication is a cinch. “No one will know your real name — only your email address and FreeCycle username — or your address unless you reveal it to them,” Himsel explained.

After becoming a member, you post an “Offer” of something to get for free and meet with a person who requests your item in a mutual location (such as at a park or another public place). Then, when you want to request something, you post a “Wanted” message for all the group’s members and, if someone has that item available, they can send you a message letting you know and you arrange pickup of the item.

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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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ChaddsFordLive.com: Mind Matters: Give and take

To begin the process of remodeling our kitchen, the old was gutted and appliances were going to be thrown away. Donating to Goodwill or other non-profits was not possible — our old kitchen was “too old” despite all being in working condition. Freecycle to the Rescue.

Freecycle is an online listing service sort of like Craig’s List but, as the name implies, “free.” The mission of Freecyle, as quoted in Adam Grant’s book, “Give and Take,” is to “build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources, and eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.”

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Arlington, Virginia – EarthFest 2018

Earth Day Festival “Earth Fest”

Special Earth Day Festival to learn about compost, recycling, energy efficiency, and much more. Play recycling games, learn how to compost, and create upcycled art. Stations include representatives from AIRE, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Environmental Services, Remove Invasive Plants, Creative Resources, Fitness, and more. This activity takes place when school is out, and all ages are invited.

Purpose:

This event is to raise awareness on conservation for environmental protection. Themes include reduce, reuse, recycle. Exhibitors should focus on themes surrounding Earth Day.

Kate Sweet, Freecycle Moderator was present at the event, she says:
‘all the stuff on the table was free and when folks selected an item I told them they did their first freecycle and offered to sign them up on the spot!!!!’

Bath Chronicle: Seven of the weirdest things on Freecycle available to Bath bargain hunters

Lavender hair dye, a batch of carrier bags and a slightly broken Hammond organ are some of the unusual things currently listed on Freecycle in Bath.

If you’re not aware of the website, it’s a non-profit organisation where people can post their unwanted items for free.

You can get a great bargain, like a three-piece Harrods suite, and it helps stop more reusable items ending up in landfills.

So, here’s a list of some of the strangest, quirkiest things being listed right now.

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