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Ventura County Reporter: EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | OPTIONS IMPROVE FOR REUSING AND RECYCLING BOOKS

Books free of mold, mildew or water stains may also be donated to thrift stores; sold on sites such as eBay, Craigslist, or OfferUp; or given away through sites such as Freecycle or bookmooch.com.

https://vcreporter.com/2021/03/eye-on-the-environment-options-improve-for-reusing-and-recycling-books/

Housebeautiful.com: These Are the Best Places To Donate Your Gently-Used Furniture and Household Items

Freecycle

Freecycle is an online recycling and reuse network that focuses on keeping useable home items out of landfills. By joining a local chapter in your area, you can list your stuff online for others in your community to take. All items listed on Freecycle are free with no strings attached. The network strives to reducewaste and saves precious resources.

https://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/a35227247/donate-furniture-household-items/

VC Reporter: EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | REDUCE WASTE AND HELP LOCAL SPECIES WITH WINTER GARDENING TIPS

Of course, Ventura County’s productive soil and sunny climate sometimes result in an excess of food produced by diligent gardeners. Avoid food waste of this type by giving excess to neighbors and friends. To give away food while social distancing, put a box of your excess produce on your curbside with a sign saying “Free,” or list it for free curbside pickup on Freecycle.com, the Ventura County Free Barter and Trade Facebook group, or the free section of Craigslist. For especially large harvests, contact Food Forward or FOOD Share, which glean for the hungry.  

Los Angeles Times: In the midst of pandemic, in the midst of divorce, what neighbors share is reassurance

And I have used Freecycle in the past to pass perfectly good items forward.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-11-01/buy-nothing-sherman-oaks-coronavirus-pandemic-chicken-soup

Camarillo Acorn: Public surplus, bartering sites and Freecycle

Another online reuse matching community, Freecycle.org, has as its slogan “Changing the world, one gift at a time.”

Among the items on the Freecycle page for the Ventura area are “hundreds of recorded cassettes” offered in Oak View and a set of dishes offered in Camarillo.

Listings are fresh, with nothing older than two weeks.

Listings in Freecycle are different from those one might see on a website like Craigslist or eBay, where people list in order to sell.

Patch.com

Join Cupertino Freecycle to help us reduce landfill!

From books to furniture to school supplies and kitchen utensils, we are finding new homes for unwanted items in our community and reducing landfill. A wide variety of items can be claimed or posted in this site, absolutely free! Come join us as we reduce the environmental impact of our waste as we help others find items they need! All you need is an email address. We hope to see you soon!

https://patch.com/california/cupertino/classifieds/announcements/164620/join-cupertino-freecycle-to-help-us-reduce-landfill

San Mateo Daily Journal: 7 tips for becoming an ethical shopper

3. SEEK SECONDHAND GOODS

When you choose previously owned items, you aren’t contributing to the labor and materials needed to make new goods. Check thrift shops, garage sales and community groups like the Freecycle Network for inexpensive — or free — finds. Another sustainable solution? Rent clothes through services like Tote and Rent the Runway.

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The Oakland Press: How being neighborly can save you money

• 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.

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SFGATE: City Seeks To Curb Illegal Dumping As Uc Semester Ends

The city advises planning ahead. “Don’t wait until the last minute and then throw everything in the garbage or our streets,” it said in the advisory.

Items can also be taken directly to the city Transfer Station at 1201 Second St.

Recycle acceptable items and use sites such as Craigslist, Freecycle or Nextdoor to find takers for items that can legitimately be re-used.

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Simi Valley Acorn: The blessings of giving

I’ve been a part of the Freecycle group for over a decade. For seven years now we have been doing an “adopt-a-family” event at Christmas.

What we do is find families in need and “adopt” them. Then, with the help of others in the Freecycle group, friends, family and local businesses, we get donations of gently used and new clothing and toys.

Once everything is gathered we have a wrapping party. All the gifts are sorted and wrapped. A few days before Christmas we deliver to the families.

For some it is a little uncomfortable or embarrassing when we arrive. It isn’t easy asking for help. But they relax as we are there.

We usually have the kids open one present and they can save the rest for Christmas morning.

This year we did something different and picked two senior citizens, sometimes a forgotten part of or community, especially if they do not have living family.

The point of the Simi Valley Freecycle group is to keep things out of the landfill by recycling & repurposing.

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