Freecycle is an idea that you can recycle your unwanted goods to someone who might want them. They have a national website, where you can find your local chapter. It's usually run through yahoo groups.
How it works:
- A person lists an item they don't want anymore (examples might be a bike with a flat tire, tvs, newspapers, coupons, etc.)
- You want it so you contact them via the email they registered with.
- If your first, or the person they pick, they'll let you know and you can arrange pick-up.
- If you don't get it first, the person will either email you back or list it as "Taken"
You can also list wanted, but this is discouraged.
What freecycle is not:
A place to get everything you need for free. Yes occasionally really nice things come through, but you shouldn't be posting "wanted Nintendo Wii" or anything like that.
What is it's purpose:
It's really meant for things that would otherwise end up in a landfill. So it may be items that are fixable (like the bike with a flat tire) or are just random like empty wine bottles, but the point is that one man's junk is another's treasure. People also post things that they could donate. Sometimes people just post "bag of clothes this size, one person takes all." You may not want everything in the bag, but that's ok, you can freecycle what you don't want. Sometimes it's a box of misc. homewares. You just never know. Nicer things go quicker, so you'll have to respond right away.
And it's all free. No fee to join, no fee to get anything. So get to freecycling.