Freecycle is the official website for The Freecycle Network, a nonprofit organization with the mission of keeping potentially useful items out of landfills. The Freecycle Network is spread across more than 110 countries and has millions of members.
The site has helped keep thousands of tons out of landfills by offering free goods to people who can put them to good use. To use the website, you need to sign up to become a free member and join your local Freecycle groups.
Now, you can browse the free items others are offering. You can also see the items people are looking to receive, and respond to the individual posts to arrange a pickup. Everything listed on the site is legal, free, and appropriate for all ages.
More information about the tip can be found on the Coventry Council website. The advise is to consider whether an item could be reused by others, promoted on the freecycle or taken to a charity shop before bringing it to the Coventry tip. With current Covid restrictions in place however seeking alternatives may be difficult and demand at the local tip may increase.
Have you heard of Freecycle? It’s a site where you can find free stuff in your area. Hit it at the right time and you may get lucky and find a laptop.
This website is meant to help people upcycle rather than throw away usable items, so make sure you check it out if you aren’t eligible for the other programs on this list. As a bonus, Freecycle even lets you put in requests for laptops, so you can do that if you aren’t finding what you need.
For more information, visit the Freecycle website.
Look out for non-profit or local neighbourhood groups online such as Freecycle – these are good places to sell, swap or give your pre-loved items. Other organisations, such as Furniture Donation Network, will directly give your items to someone in need.
Back in 2007 I recommended an organization called Freecycle for divesting yourself of not just computers, but all sorts of stuff you want to get rid of. Freecycle is still around, and I dare say is even bigger now than back then. I did a quick Google search on “how to dispose of old computers” and found some additional places worth a look-see. Companies like PC Liquidations and eRecure are certified disposal specialists, and have collection points nationwide. Big box retailer Best Buy also has a free in-store recycling program for everything from cell phones to computers to appliances. If you have a Best Buy near you (and I happen to know that you do, Beverly!) check them out.