Freecycle: Don’t Throw It Away, Give It Away!

by Almira on July 12, 2010 · 0 comments


Have something that’s in good condition that you’s like to sell or get rid of? Immediately, I think to give it to Goodwill or Craigslist it. Both great choices, but I didn’t know about option #3 until recently.

Freecycle is a nonprofit movement to “keep good stuff out of landfills.” This network of people throughout the globe is growing as groups and towns add themselves to the Freecycle Network, giving things away and getting “new” things for FREE. I’ve just joined my local Freecycle group, but haven’t used it yet. I’ll keep you posted if I find anything I like!

How To Freecycle gives you the step-by-step (see excerpt below):

1. Find a freecycling group near you at Recycling Group Finder. If you can’t find a group near you, consider starting one, either on your own or through organizations like the ReUseIt Network,, The Freeuse Network,, Sharing Is Giving or The Freecycle Network. Freecycling works best when the group members live geographically close because it’s more convenient and uses less energy when stuff is exchanged.

2. Each freecycle group will have its own rules, so learn and abide by those rules. But commonly there are four kinds of posts: Wanted is you searching for an item; Found is telling others that you got what you were searching for; OfferTaken is informing the group that you found a person who needed the item offered. is letting the group know what item you have to give away; and

3. Before buying something, check to see if any one in your group is looking to get rid of the item you need. Before throwing an item in the trash, post an offer for the item to see if any one needs that item.

From furniture to old appliances and more, see the most popular items to Freecycle at What To Freecycle.

Have you ever used the Freecycle Network? What did you give away or get? Good experience or bad?

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