FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – At some point, you might have to do a renovation at home or decide to replace an appliance, yet the item you’re replacing is still usable.
Up to now, your options were to let it sit in the garage or basement, or perhaps sell it at a yard sale.
That was in the days before Freecycle, a nonprofit organization that runs a worldwide network of online message boards, allowing users to give away items they no longer want and keeping reusable goods out of landfills.
Freecycle groups serve in communities throughout the region. Begun in 2003 in Tucson, Ariz., Freecycle has more than 4,900 groups with 8.4 million members worldwide.
Yvonne Rogers and Erin Munichiello from freecycle.org, who are both from the Franklin chapter, stopped by the FOX 25 Morning News with more on this.
ALBANY, GA (WALB)- Next time you’re thinking about throwing away that old chair, why not Freecycle it? Freecycle is a non-profit organization with more than eight million members world-wide.
It’s used as a resource to keep the landfills around as long as possible. It’s a program designed to help you give and receive free-stuff online. You go to the website and post things you want to get rid of. And you choose who you want the items to go to.
Your trash could be someone else’s treasure, and while you’re at it, you can help save the environment.”The purpose is to help prevent things from going in the landfill that may still be useable by people,” said Co-moderator of Dougherty County Freecycle Deborah Smith.
Do you have good stuff you’d really like to just get rid of? Join Freecycle – a worldwide, non-profit movement to encourage reuse and keep good stuff out of landfills.
The idea: if you have something you can’t use anymore, why not just give it to someone who can?
The weekend of Feb. 12 and 13, Freecycle Wake County is holding a “Friendship and Sharing Weekend.” They want members to post as many OFFERS as they can. The group set a goal to reach 30,000 postings!
Membership is free, and there’s a lot of great stuff to get! But keep in mind, if you’re going to GET something, you’ve got to GIVE, too!
You can drop off the items and take other items left by people for free. You do have to bring items if you want to take items. Pima County Library representatives are asking that you bring items small enough for a person to carry away, and only bring items that are “useable and appropriate for gifting.”
The Holiday Swap is presented by the Freecycle Network – an internet-based exchange network that started in Tucson in 2003, and has spread nationally. Freeycle lets people “go green” – members post stuff to give away that would’ve otherwise wound up in a landfill.
MADISON (WKOW) — Some UW-Madison students are working hard to “go green.”
It’s all part of Global Work Day. People across the country did activities Sunday to help address climate change. In Madison, UW-Madison students held a parade and setup stations to demonstrate ways to go green.
“There’s things everyone can do by themselves on a day to day basis, so cutting back on energy consumption, using public transportation,” said Tia Nowack, Coordinator of “Big Red, Go Green” event.
More than 7,000 events were held Sunday in nearly 200 cities around the world.
4. Get thrifty to stay stylish and save: When I was a kid, the thought of buying anything secondhand grossed me out, but now that I’m old and wise, I realize some of the coolest stuff out there was owned by someone else first. Flea markets, garage/yard sales, Craigslist, eBay, and Freecycle all have awesome stuff for next to, or literally, nothing.
LOTS OF FREE STUFF: How about getting and giving stuff free. The Freecycle Network is made up of nearly five thousand groups and nearly 70-thousand members around the world who are getting and giving away stuff free. Membership is free It’s a great way to recycle, get rid of items you don’t want, and get things you do.
Consumer Center – Need something, but don’t have the cash? Check out Freecycle, a place for saving usable items from the landfill and passing them on to someone else – for free.
Greg Bartolo of Enola has been a member for about three years.
“It’s saved me some money, because I’ve been able to pick up some things for the kids,” he said. “Toys, cribs and whatnot.”
Freecycle.org is a national website. There are hundreds of groups in Pennsylvania alone.