Recycling and reusing can reach beyond spent wine bottles and yesterday’s newspapers. If you’re about to do a home renovation or building project, start thinking outside the hardware store.
Building materials can be salvaged from neighbours, your basement, reuse stores, thrift stores and online platforms such as Freecycle, Facebook and Craigslist. You can cut costs and have a more unique, finished look.
Are you looking for a Japanese dish set, black with red chop sticks? Perhaps not.
How about a queen-size bed?
How about upping the stakes to two twin mattresses plus a queen mattress and then throw in a box spring? Or maybe you could use a tube to put blueprints in, at least four feet long? Or a 74-inch custom-made vertical blind, part beige and part black? And while you’re at it, you might want to grab a crystal bowl with plastic cups and one spoon.
You probably won’t want those two 1950s tables, both missing legs. One is white and silver Formica, the other is faux bois. Apparently both tables seat four to six people, with or without the leaves, which the owner can give you, and your guests will be very happy as long as they don’t mind eating at odd angles where the legs are missing.
It’s all yours, free. All you have to do is pick the stuff up. You can check out the list of available giveaways at www.freecycle.org. It’s like an online garage sale with no money changing hands. Join the Montreal group. When signed up, a reader writes, a daily email comes with all the new wanted and unwanted items listed.
Once upon a time, if you wanted to get rid of an item that was still usable, your best option was the classifieds of the local newspaper.
Thanks to the rise of the Internet, though, connecting with someone interested in your junk has become a quicker and simpler process.
Kijiji is one of the most popular classified websites, and Waterloo Region is no exception to its success.
Consider Freecycle. In Vancouver, there are well over 7,000 registered users of Freecycle, an online site that connects those who wish to discard used household items with those who want them. No money is exchanged, but friendly conversations are part of the deal. Everyone on Freecycle shares a commitment to keeping city landfills free of their stuff, and when people share a commitment, they like to chat about it.
What seems like a useful website is mentioned in this blog post – Freecycle.org, where you offer unwanted but useful things around your house to people instead of throwing them out.
Freecycle.org: Join people around the world getting rid of stuff on this grassroots community page.
MIDLAND – Local residents will have a chance to save items from going to the landfill while picking up useful – and free – stuff next weekend.
Georgian College’s Robbert Hartog Midland campus will host the third Freecycle Trunk Exchange on May 12 from 9-11 a.m.
The event is like a giant garage sale, but all items are free. No money, no trades and no bartering.
A similar event in October of last year saw more than 200 people contribute furniture, toys, home décor items and more.
Freecycle is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce waste, save precious resources, and ease the burden on landfills. For more information, visit www.freecycle.org.
Many of us have decided to bring in the New Year with less clutter by cleaning out the closets, the garage and if you’re brave enough, even the attic.
Before you throw anything away, there’s a group that’s making it easy to give and receive items for free.
It’s an international nonprofit organization called The Freecycle Network with nearly nine million members across the globe.
Their mission is to keep as many items as possible, especially electronics, out of landfills.
Using “freecycle” is an additional option for our garbage issues.
This is a free Internet service provided whereby there is a method of disposing of items people do not need and no longer want to keep that would otherwise end up on the curb waiting for pick up by our garbage workers.
There is a chapter in Hamilton, as well as in Burlington. An unwanted item is entered on the website and interested people reply. Only when arrangements are made for a pickup is an address given. All manner of items are taken such as furniture, building and landscaping material, leftovers from remodelling, plants, toys, books, clothing, etc. If a particular item is desired, that can be posted as well. This service has saved enormous amounts of items being taken to the dump. The other advantage is that one doesn’t have to haul to the curb for pickup or to the local dump which normally charges a fee.
Anyone can Google “freecycle Hamilton” and sign up.
MIDLAND – Freecycle Midland will once again host an event to get people to utilize the three Rs.
Participants in the second annual Freecycle Trunk Exchange are people who want to recycle items – a chair, a fax machine, a piano, an old door – rather than see them end up in a landfill.
Visitors to the event browse the merchandise and take home whatever they like free of charge.
The event is scheduled for Oct. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Georgian College’s Robbert Hartog Midland campus.