If you’re like a lot of the people watching the new Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” you have already looked around your home for things you want to get rid of. If you’ve already done the hard work of sorting through your belongings and culling what you do not need, great work!
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As family budgets bite, used goods platforms such as Facebook Buy Swap and Sell groups, Facebook Pay it Forward pages, Gumtree and Freecycle are becoming increasingly popular.
Another option to recycle and reuse is the Freecycle Post-Holiday Swap and Shred from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave.
Now in its 10th year, the annual event offers the opportunity to trade unwanted items in good condition — clothing, toys and games, kitchen and household items, books, holiday items, small electronics and much more.
“The swap is a big community recycling celebration. It is a goodwill event,” said Elizabeth Salper, library associate at Woods and the event coordinator.
Salper said that the event is a collaborative effort not only between the library and the community, but also between the offices of Ward Three Councilman Paul Durham and Pima County Constable Bennett Bernal, who provide document shredding in the parking lot. Shredding is free for one standard-sized box of documents and is limited to three boxes; if shredding exceeds one box, a small donation is requested to benefit Lend A Hand Senior Assistance, a nonprofit that provides services to help the elderly remain independent in their homes.
Items left over after the swap are donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson.
A:If you have CDs, DVDs or VHS tapes that hold professionally recorded music or movies, and these are still in good, playable condition, then you have some online, satellite and brick-and-mortar options for finding their next home. There are websites and apps like Craigslist, FreeCycle, 5 Miles, Letgo and OfferUp that allow you to sell or give away used items for free. Book donation bins stationed around your community or at your local transfer station or recycling center also accept donatable CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes. Finally, you can just take them directly to a Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army or other local thrift stores. Find a list at www.rirrc.org/reuse.
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Craigslist is the best-known website for buying and selling, or simply giving away, used stuff. Others include Freecycle, LetGo, Gumtree, and OLX.
THE FREECYCLE NETWORK
The familiar slogan “reduce, reuse, recycle” reminds our consumption-driven society to be mindful of our waste, but recycling frequently receives the bulk of the attention. The Freecycle Network (TFN) offers an avenue for the reuse of working items whose current owners no longer need or want them. The way it works is fairly straightforward: after finding their local group and creating a free membership, users can post listings of items they want to give away (items must be “free, legal and appropriate for all ages”), respond to others’ offers of items, or even post a request for an item they’re looking for. TFN’s emphasis on reuse upholds its mission “to build a worldwide sharing movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.” Following its beginnings as a grassroots organization started by Deron Beal in 2003, TFN is registered as a nonprofit in Arizona and as a charity in the UK. As of this writing, TFN is made up of more than 5,300 local groups run by volunteer moderators in over 110 countries, for a total of more than 9.3 million members worldwide. [JDC
Freecycle is an online network (www.freecycle.org) where one’s trash becomes another’s treasure, and no money is exchanged.
Freecycle. Furnish for free by joining your local Freecycle, a non-profit movement of people giving and getting items for nothing. You can find all sorts, from beds and microwaves to wardrobes and fake grass.
Users are not limited to goodies in one area. You can sign up to the posh part of town and discover what household treasures the other half wants to get rid of!
If you have something you can’t recycle, but it’s still good, why not consider Freecycle? Start at freecycle.org to find out more. Your trash may very well be someone else’s treasure.
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.