Skip to comments.Freecycle Web site helps turn trash into treasure
Posted on 08/11/2005 10:23:39 PM PDT by beaversmom
What do you do with that old couch you no longer have use for? How about the TV you just replaced? Instead of filling a trash dump, turn your trash into another person's treasure.
The worldwide Freecycle Network is a nonprofit Internet group where members can give and receive "gifts."
If a usable item that the owner does not want or need any more, that person can post it on the Freecycle network in their area, said North Port's Freecycle moderator Mike Romer.
Members send and receive e-mails, through Yahoo accounts, about items offered for free. Essentially the two types of messages are "Offer" and "Wanted" posts, giving and asking for couches, lamps, even some Freecycle groups have pets listed.
Moderators, like Romer, help make sure the different branches of the network are kept safe and clean.
"We make sure no spam, porn, or anything like that gets to the members," Romer said. "It's all 'G-rated.'"
While Romer is a moderator of the North Port group, there are about 2,981 "Freecycle Communities" around the world, including a chapter in Arcadia.
Arcadia, a relatively new member of the Freecycle group, is proud to have around 176 members.
Run by local volunteer moderators from around the world, they facilitate each local Freecycle group, stated information from the Freecycle Web site.
"It is a place to environmentally save things, as opposed to putting them on the curbs or in dumps," Romer said. He added that he has seen so many usable items go to the trash dumps, or lay on the side of the road.
Because of the Freecycle Network, about 50 tons a day out of landfills.
"There is a better way." Romer said. "We (Freecycle groups) recycle items as opposed to disposing."
The Freecycle Network was set up in May 2003 by Deron Beal in Tucson, Ariz. According to the Freecycle Web site, Beal wanted to "build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills."
Membership into Freecycle is free, though they ask that you not only get, but also give.
"It makes you feel good," Romer said. "I like it."
For more information, or to join a Freecycle group, visit www.freecycle.org.
You can e-mail Teddi Thosath at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've tried the local chapter, but gave up after a few weeks because of the constant begging. Crap like, "Two free pairs of used sneakers to give away, and BTW, I so desperately need a car. Anything 1996 or newer would be most appreciated!" Or begging for a free TV (27" or larger), or similar crap. A never-ending stream of hard-luck stories begging for handouts, which is a blatant violation of what the lists are supposed to be about. Tried complaining to the mods, but no joy there so I bailed.
You forgot one major expense: regular voiding of milk from Teddy's man-breasts. It ain't like you can sell it like you do when you milk the cow. All the work, none of the benefit.
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