“This event is very helpful for people. One one hand, it is a great way to clean out the house and bring unwanted, reusable goods that are stuck in houses and transfer them to others who can use them. At the same time, it’s part of the cycle of giving and helping the environment,” said Graciela Robinson, coordinator of the event for the Woods Memorial Library.
The swap is one of two held annually at the library in conjunction with Freecyle, a Tucson-based nonprofit on a mission to “change the world one gift at a time.”
Founded by Deron Beal in 2003, the organization is now the largest recycle and re-use web community worldwide, with more than 5,000 groups comprised of more than 9 million members in 100-plus countries.
Beal said freecycle.org offers a free venue where members can give items they have and don’t need and receive items they need and don’t have.
“It is like Craigslist for free, with a healthy dose of community thrown in,” he said.
The idea for a store where everything is donated and everything is free started with a phone call from Tucson businessman Aaron Polley to his friend Deborah “Debbie” Mitchell.
Mitchell loved the idea from the beginning and signed on immediately.
She called Deron Beal, the brains behind Freecycle.org, a place where people can connect online to offer items they no longer want for free, thus keeping them out of landfills.
The Freecycle Network: This forum emphasizes keeping items out of landfills, so members give away unwanted items, rather than pitch them. Search Freecycle.org to find a group near you.
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.
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.
Now if you’re logging on to shop – check out freecycle.org. This is a great resource when you’re looking to get rid of stuff – or find something at a discount. Check to see what’s available in your area. Teachers are also putting wish lists up there is you want to help them.
– Freecycle / Yard Sale Groups: If you want to get rid of a toy quickly, use a site such as Freecycle to post items that you’d like to give away. Also, check Facebook for local yard sale groups, those are other places to get rid of toys.
Freecycle.org is a website that allows members to give things away to neighbors for free. It’s like Craigslist, but only for free stuff.
The Freecycle group for Arlington has nearly 3,500 members and more than 550 items offered either for giveaway or as “wanted.”
Among the recent items: a replica of the Declaration of Independence, a broken necklace, a bunch of unwanted coffee filters and a rug that’s had black paint spilled on it.
But one particular, unique item on the site caught a reader’s eye: a life-sized poster of communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.
Join the Freecycle Network and get (and give) free stuff.
The Freecycle Network is a nonprofit movement of people dedicated to keeping good items out of landfills. With several groups in metro Atlanta, you can find things such as TVs, toys, children’s clothing, furniture — even free packing boxes. The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,286 groups with 9,127,254 members around the world. Each local group is moderated by volunteers. Membership is free. https://www.freecycle.org/
5. Use Freecycle.org to give things away. It’s a website where you post stuff you don’t want. Usually there’s someone out there who’ll want to take it and fix it up. They probably CAN’T fix it, but that’s fine because now it’s THEIR junk.