The Benefits of Freecycling

freecycle is cool copyHave you freecycled yet?  It is a great way of getting rid of your clutter and getting things you need for free.  I have belonged to The Freecycle Network for five years now.  I have given away a couch, coffee tables, a Christmas tree, and numerous children’s items we were no longer using.  We could have tried to sell it but giving it away is much easier.   Most of the stuff we have posted for people to take have gone within a few hours.  I have also been able to get some very useful stuff from freecycle as well.  As an example I once I put up a request for cloth toddler training pants and very quickly I received a response from a lady with a pile she didn’t know what to do with.   We have also received some great baby toys and when we were heading for a winter holiday in Mexico we asked for and received a nice collection of summer dresses and a swimsuit for Annika, all for free.

Freecycle is a great concept and it can keep useful stuff out of the landfill.  In our alleys of our old neighbourhood I would often see some very nice stuff destined for the landfill.  Once in a while I would find something that I could use but other times I would rescue the item from the garbage heap and place an add on Freecycle.  Everything goes and people are always happy to get things for free.  I currently have an older working microwave and hood-fan to get rid of and I am sure someone will want to claim it.

The Freecycle website describes the concept on their site:  “The Freecycle Network™is made up of 4,857 groups with 6,745,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. “

There has been some discontent with the leadership of freecycle in some areas which has spawn new groups including www.freagle.com.au in Australia and www.realcycle.co.uk/in the UK among others.  Other sites like Craig’s List and Kijiji also have free sections that can also be used in the same way.  Get rid of your clutter, keep stuff out of the landfill, and get things you can use for free.  Freecycling is a great concept to check out.

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