What is Freecycle™?
Freecycle™, in its own words, is “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.”
Powered by locally moderated Yahoo!® Groups, Freecycle™ groups around the nation are helping people reduce, reuse, and recycle things no longer needed – without adding to landfills. It’s the GREEN thing to do!
Do you need something? Post a request for it on Freecycle™. Have something to give away? Freecycle™ it!
This is a great way for home sellers to get rid of some things they don’t want to take with them when they move…agents can help their sellers and buyers get rid of unwanted stuff easily with Freecycle™.
I had several rolls of used carpet stacked up behind my sofa for months. Eventually, my husband and I decided we were going to go with hardwood instead of carpet. We tried selling it at a yard sale but were only able to sell one roll. My husband was all set to burn it just to get rid of it, and the thought of that made my heart break – it was perfectly good carpet, and I was sure SOMEONE could use it.
Hubby didn’t believe me when I said I would get rid of it (I’m a weakling and he was envisioning me putting it in the van myself and hauling it off …somewhere.) In hindsight, I should have made a bet with him. Within minutes of posting it on my local Freecycle™ group, I had over a dozen requests. Within three hours, the carpet was GONE. Two women came in a station wagon, and the three of us loaded the rolls in her car – in the rain, no less!
There are only a few rules for Freecyclers: no selling, no bartering/trading, no advertising your business, and no firearms or other controlled/illegal substances. Everything must be FREE with no strings attached. Common courtesy requires that you only offer something that is useful, not something that really DOES belong in a dump.
Three Freecycle™ groups exist in our general area: one around Honesdale, one in “The Poconos” which is more toward Stroudsburg/Marshalls Creek/Blakeslee area, and one in Scranton. Here are their websites.
Freecycle™ groups exist all across the nation – visit their main website to find one near you.