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Freecycling is when you give away, not throw away

  • Mar 7, 2010
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freecycle.orgWhat is exactly is freecycling? It is when someone gives away an unwanted item, for free, to another person. That item could be anything from tools to appliances. So instead of throwing things away to sit in landfills, you can give them away to someone who needs them. You weren't expecting money anyway for something you were going to put out to the trash.  Freecycling is a great way to reuse what we own while reducing our carbon footprint.

The internet has really helped in making freecycling a big success. One of the largest freecycle networks is It now has over 3 million members in over 3,000 local groups globally. You can find the area or a group in which you live and look for items you want or post the items that you wish to give away. Most freecycling groups have some guidelines that include: Items being offered must be legal, safe and appropriate for all ages. Weapons, medication or adult themed products are often not allowed.

Some popular freecycle items to get yourself thinking are:

  • toys
  • electronics
  • small appliances (e.g. toasters, blenders, irons, waffle makers, etc.)
  • large appliances (e.g. stoves, refrigerators, storage freezers, etc.)
  • all types and sizes of furniture

you could freecycle this chair you could freecycle this toaster

  • computer equipment and/or accessories
  • all types and sizes of clothing
  • books, posters and paintings
  • sheds, trailers and even homes

you could freecycle this refrigerator you could freecycle this computer

Just about anything you have in your home can be freecycled. As they say "One man's trash is another man's treasure". Many handy individuals receive used item and with a little elbow grease they can turn these items into like-new again. Some have created new business from the items they receive from freecycling. In this economy receiving free, still usable items is a splendid thing.

Freecycling is now popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. It soon will be practiced throughout the world. Freecycling may be able to help you in more ways than one. You can't argue with FREE.

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March 09, 2010
I agree with Sheri_in_Reho. In some places, a Freecycle group may not exist or may not have enough interest to make it work for everyone. You need a larger active group to keep it going, and yes, much of that depends on someone taking a leadership role.
March 07, 2010
I freecycled a LOT during the process of packing and moving to Delaware two years ago. I used and I can't recommend them enough. However, I had a lot better success with my DC-area Freecycle group than I do here in Delaware. It all depends on who runs your local group.
March 08, 2010
Good point. Glad to hear you had a lot of success with Good luck with your newer Freecycle group.
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Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
posted in Grist
My daughter is dressed mostly in 'freecycled' clothing from relatives, there is so much to go around I can't even imagine throwing it away, what a huge waste. Craigslist is great for this purpose, I've given away a lot of things we don't need there - stuff you couldn't really sell.
Quick Tip by . August 04, 2010
We all need to be aware of what we can donate in the way of what we, at times, randomly throw out.
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Freecycling, or free recycling, is a term used to describe the act of giving away usable items that you no longer want or need as a means of keeping them out of a landfill.

Freecycling can be as simple as donating items to charity or having a "free" table at a garage or yard sale. In order to make freecycling more efficient, a number of organizations have sprung up to help people who want certain items connect with those who are giving them away.

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