The worldwide (!) Freecycle Network is made up of many individual groups
across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving (&
getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local
volunteer moderator (them's good people). Membership is free. To join simply
click on your city under "Sign up" below. It will generate a automatic e-mail
which, when sent, will sign you up for your local group and send you an response
with instructions on how it works. Or, go directly to the webpage for your
city's group by clicking on your city's link on the left. Can't find your city?
It takes about ten minutes to start your own (click on "Start your own" for
instructions). Have fun and keep on Freecyclin'!
The Freecycle Network is a project of RISE, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization whose mission includes reducing waste, generating employment
training, and fostering cooperation between other nonprofit organizations and
RISE started the Freecycle Network in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in
Tucson's downtown and help save desert landscape from being taken over by
landfills. Freecycle provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to
"recycle" unwanted items. One person's trash can truly be another's treasure!
How does Freecycling work?
One rule: everything posted must be free. Whether it's a chair, a fax
machine, piano, or an old door to be given away, it can be posted on the
network. Or, maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself? Respond to the
posting directly and you just might get it. After that it is up to the giver to
set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure.
Non-profit organizations also benefit from the Freecycle Network. Post the
item or items you want to give away and a local organization can help you get it
to someone in need.