6 Ways to Freecycle
We all know that Recycling is a way to help our planet and the environment we live in but today we’re going to talk about a different kind of recycling called Freecycle. Follow along and we’ll tell you 6 Ways to Freecycle. Freecycling was born on May 1st, 2003 by Deron Beal of Tucson Arizona who created the website freecycle.org. Freecycle has since grown to over 6,000+ groups with over 10 million members from all over the globe. These groups are usually tied to a certain city near where you live so all you need to do is go to freecycle.org and search for a city near where you live. The search will list all the different items that are being offered for free.
The Freecycle group page for your area is probably the easiest way to get rid of items that you don’t need anymore but here are some other ways to Freecycle without using the Freecycle Group page.
1.) You can always leave your items at the curb with a “FREE” sign attached which is probably the least amount of work required to dispose of your items. The cons about doing this are, it is not a pretty site to see out at the road, items can be damaged from the environment (rain, snow, wind) and not many people will know about it unless your in a high traffic area.
2.) If your work has an area setup to Freecycle this is an fast and easy way to offer your items up for free. The cons are there has to be a physical place to drop off items, certain hours available to drop off and may require an attendant to watch the drop off area.
3.) You can always hold a Freecycle event in your location by coordinating with the local Freecycle group administrator in your area. This is good for getting rid of alot of things all at one time and makes it a fun place to meet other Freecycle people in your area. Con are you need a physical location, only held at a certain location, specific time and date, someone must supervise event.
4.) Give your items to charity like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Habitat For Humanity or other donation facilities. The benefits of donating to charity is you always get a receipt to help reduce your yearly taxes. Cons are you are limited to what items that these places will accept.
5.) Craigslist also has a section where you can list Free items and it connects you with a large amount of viewers. Cons are having to post your phone and email information and having to coordinate a meeting place and time for the donation pickup.
6.) Last way is to use your local Freecycle group online which is widely available, usually quick, not limited to what you can Freecycle and the person comes to you to pickup goods. and list your items. Cons are email is not protected from spammer like Craiglist, involves correspondence through email or phone and people not showing to pickup the items.