If you haven’t jumped on the Freecycle wagon, here’s why you should:
‘The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,864 groups with 7,603,875 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and 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.’
Basically, you join an email list, and people advertise the stuff they want to get rid of, you contact them directly and work out a time to pick it up — or vice versa. We’ve gotten rid of an old camera, lamp, couch and heaven knows what else, and picked up army boots, clothes, a TV, a different couch, my wonderful recliner, plants, gravel, foot spas and more. I’ve seen all sorts of stuff listed, usually heaps of clothing, computer bits and pieces, plants, toys, furniture, building materials, electrical items and kitchen ware and much, much more. You can put up requests too. It’s like crawling the kerbs for street furniture, but you know what’s going to be there and someone is keeping all the bits you want for you. And its all for free.
Find your local group on the site — its international too, so has groups from all over the place. Happy re-using!