Is it Freecycling... or Littering?

Is it Freecycling... or Littering?

Jonathan B.
Aug 4, 2008

Over the past week, we've walked by a pile of stuff on a nearby street corner and watched it wither away. What's above is all that's left today from a pile that once included an old iron, tons of glossy design magazines, a TV antenna, and several pairs of shoes. But we're wondering: when does freecycling cross the line to littering?

Stephanie had good luck freecycling her old TV, but she put an ad on craigslist rather than setting the thing out on the corner. Our gut feeling is a couple of days—after that, you're just junking up the neighborhood. Are we being too suburban? Is the odd pair of shoes on the street corner just a good sign of a green urban life?

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