Don’t Just Re-cycle, Freecycle!
Recycling things we don’t need or want anymore can be time-wasting and even counter-productive, if it’s a big hassle to get done. So one very good idea is using the that global force, the internet, to share news of offers and requirements for items on a strictly non-commercial basis between people who live in a local area. This is what the Freecycle Network sets out to do.
I’ve just ‘discovered’ the Liverpool Freecycle Network – and all because I was bemoaning my recent failure to find a recipient for the vast number of old plant pots we (as in, my garden-hut-clearing other half) found when there was a big garden hut clear-out.
‘What?!’ cried my Monday Women companions when I mentioned trying to find a good allotment home for the pots. ‘You should have used LiverpoolFreecycle!’.
Freecycle across the globe
And so I should. I’ve joined now, and have learnt that the Liverpool group of Freecycle is part of a huge chain of such local organisations around the globe. There are over 4,000 Freecycle ‘Communities’ with more than 3 million individual members across several continents – and it all started in May 2003 to
promote waste reduction in Arizona USA, in Tucson’s downtown, to help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills.
It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. And, also just like Monday Women, membership is free.
How does it work?
When you want to find a new home for something – whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, a piano, or an old door – you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of the local Freecycle group. (Keeping it local saves fuel and energy of course.)
Or, maybe you’re looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member’s offer, and you just might get it. After that,
it’s up to the giver to decide who receives the gift, and then to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure.
But the first step is to join… so why not get Freecycling now, just in time for your own Operation Garden Shed / Spare Room / whatever over the coming Spring Bank Holiday long weekend?