Fashion magazines, a cast iron bath, recipe books, fish food, an oven and a sofa, what do these things have in common? You can get them all for free on Freecycle.org, right here in Wellington.
The Freecycle Network is a worldwide green initiative with over 7.5 million users – all advertising the things they no longer want, or the things they’re keen to snap up for free.
Catherine Hatfield of Lower Hutt is offering up the fashion magazines, and says the incentive for her to use the service is that she’d “prefer to see things with life left in them used by someone else rather than going to a landfill.”
Too much useable waste is ending up in the landfill and one new Bay resident has started a group to get rid of unwanted, but non-recyclable goodies.
Napier resident Dani Bellamy has started a Freecycle group – a non-profit organisation dedicated to reuse of unwanted goods.
Freecycle members go online to post their unwanted items and other members can reply to the post to claim the item.
In her outstretched arms, she holds a picnic hamper and a Playdough machine that she’ll list on Freecycle this week. Free to a good home.
The West Harbour resident is a fervent advocate of the free online trading site.
“The bed, television cabinet, beanbag, stereo – over time we’ve been able to furnish this whole room.”
Freecycle is a global online community operating on the premise that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Through the Auckland website, members can request items or offer up things they no longer need. It’s free to use and no money is exchanged between members.
Online social networking has transformed what used to be an annual spring cleaning weekend and turned it into an ongoing virtual highway that allows people to get rid of unwanted items all year.
This weekend marks Nanaimo’s recycle rendezvous, where people lug unwanted items, such as furniture, bikes or silverware, to the curb with the hope that someone else may find treasure in their junk. But these scheduled days, usually organized by municipal governments, have become much more to those who have found a new medium for their giveaways.
More than seven million people around the globe have joined The Freecycle Network, a non-profit group of members who give stuff away in their local areas. This rapidly expanding movement has created a global and growing phenomenon. And the concept is simple. People sign up to the local chapter and start posting the items they no longer use. When people respond, the owners get to choose who gets the material. The customer then travels to pick it up.