As much as we try to work on the three R's (Reduce, Reuse + Recycle) there inevitably comes a time when we stare at an unwanted item and think 'How, am I going to get rid of this?' I've always been a fan of the 'nature strip' approach. I'll take my well used item out the front, go inside, look out the window and poof! It's gone! But my new lease specifically asks us not to do this. So now I Freecycle, and it's a bit addictive.
Freecycle.org is a grassroots, nonprofit organization that takes the 'nature strip approach' to a whole new level by offering unused, unwanted items for free to people who want to give new homes and new life to your old things, thereby reducing waste, saving resources, easing landfill burden and strengthening communities.
The freecycle concept is not new, but there are new networks popping up all the time, in cities and countries outside of the US. With more than 4000 communities in nearly 80 countries, it's very likely there's an active freecycle community at work in your area. To find yours check out the freecycle.org website, search your area, sign up and you can freecycle!
There are some pretty firm rules and security requirements for obvious reasons, and all registrations, requests and posts are moderated by a volunteer for your area.
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