With no in-person event this year the planning committee has put together resources to allow residents to get involved with waste reduction in the community.
There is a directory for Iowa City resale and consignment stores. The city is also recommending using freecycle.org.
According to Deron Beal, founder and director of the 9 million-member Freecycle Network, which helps local communities set up free exchanges around the globe, people are itching to tap into the free economy — some because they are in need, others because they know their luck and can give.
Since the pandemic hit, Freecycle has grown at two or three times its normal rate, Beal said, with 10,000 new members joining per week.