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Muncie Star Post: Get Up and Grow: Build your garden with reclaimed materials

For people at home, curb alerts and “free stuff” message boards offer an abundance of materials for a range of projects. Sites such as Craigslist, Facebook, Freecycle and the newspaper provide a space for people to offer free items to those who may want it. Free lumber, glass, bricks and other leftover or old materials are available within a short distance of where you sit now.

Read more How To Get Rid Of Christmas Trees In North Potomac

If you have an artificial tree, request a bulk trash pickup. If your artificial Christmas tree is still in usable condition, consider offering it for reuse on your neighborhood email list, Craigslist, your local Freecycle group, or similar places.

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Massillon Independent: PROGRESS 2015: Freecycle networks help dole out free stuff

`Freecycle networking connects people from all over the world. It’s a grassroots and nonprofit effort in which people give and receive merchandise for free.

Some say it’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by area volunteers.


There are thousands of locally run, grassroots freecycling groups worldwide. Once you join a local group or start one, posts can be created for items to give away. Here’s how to advertise an item:

• First, you need something to scrap, such as a bike.

• Instead of throwing it away, do an online search and join a local freecycling group. Access a website, such as, to conduct a search.

• Create a new “offer” post that is sent to the group and seen by all of the group members. SAMPLE OFFER: Mountain bike (in Massillon) I have an old blue mountain bike available. It could use some oil and the tires are a bit worn but it’s a great starter bike.

• Group members interested in your bike will contact you privately.

• You choose which person you would like to give the bike to.

• Between you and the selected recipient, a time and place are arranged for picking up the bike.

• The bike is picked up, and you let everyone in your network know that the bike is no longer available by sending a “taken” post.

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Detroit News: Welcome Mat: Home news and notes

Million dollar question for sewing fans: What to do with leftover fabric

A great question surfaced at Homestyle’s first Dish & Design event about getting organized in the New Year: What do you do with leftover fabric when you’ve finished a project? Some sewers keep the fabric in bins. But once you have plenty of leftover fabric, then what? Brenda Rogerson, education director for the American Sewing Expo in Novi, recommends Freecyle is a forum where anyone can post or inquire about items that they’re trying to pass on. For example, Rogerson says Freecycle is where a lot of folks “who sew for animal rescues know to check here for their supplies,” she writes in an email. “I also had someone say they would take fabric scraps to nursing homes for craft projects. I believe some quilt guilds and churches also take donations, but I do not have a specific list.” This year’s American Sewing Expo is scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

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Wisconsin Gazette:Greening The Holidays: Reuse, recycle, repurpose

Donate rather than discard items. When new gifts replace working but old possessions, donate them to a charitable cause or give them away. Check out the Freecycle network at

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Western Courier: EarthFest teaches sustainability

The Freecycle station was a huge hit. Freecycle promotes the idea of recycling items by donating them to others, rather than throwing them out, and encourages individuals to be conscious of what they throw away. The Freecycle station at EarthFest held many treasures from clothes to light bulbs. Although EarthFest is only done once a year, there is a McDonough County Freecycle Network located at

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FIND FREE STUFF: The website Free is a great resource to find free furniture and all kinds of items in your local area. If you have usable items that you don’t want or need anymore, instead of filling up the landfills, post them on FreeCycle and let someone else take the item for free! Anyone is welcome to sign up and post or to take free items. —

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Choteau Acantha: Local Freecycle Network looking for participants

The Teton County group matches people who have things they need to get rid of with people who can use them.

It is another spoke in the wheel that supports the local community, another tool in Linda Sentz’ toolbox. Sentz is a board member of both the Teton County Food Pantry and Neighbors Helping Neighbors organization, both organizations that give a helping hand to those people in need. She said that only 40 people are in the Freecycle group and she would like to see that doubled or tripled.

The national Freecycle Network has a goal of keeping usable items out of landfills, but a “wanted” or an “offer” posting on the Teton County recycle webpage might fulfill a basic need for a refrigerator or other appliance, for example, Sentz said.

The Internet listings help people give unwanted items to someone else for free. Freecycle creates a circle of giving rather than items discarded. To join the Teton County Freecycle group, sign up at

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WNKU: Earth Calendar for December 31st and January 1st is a worldwide movement made up of many individual groups across the globe.

The motto is “One Person’s Trash can truly be another’s treasure.” It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator and membership is free. It’s a place to exchange items with people in your local community for free. To sign up and locate your community, visit the website.

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Williston Daily Herald: Freecycle group looks to keep unwanted items out of landfills

Williston residents looking to get rid of unwanted items have a new venue to keep those items out of landfills.

Freecycle is “a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills,” according to the Freecycle website.

The local group has the same goal.

“Freecycle is a group that was started to promote recycling, only it’s a different kind of recycling,” Freecycle member Serena Woodward said. “Instead of throwing your old stuff in the trash, you give it to someone else. The main premise is that if you take something from Freecycle you’re agreeing not to sell it. If you decide that you didn’t need it or you’re done with it, you give it to someone else. It keeps stuff out of landfills.”

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