October 2, 2012


Never heard of Freecycle?

Goodwill can re-sell your “gently used” clothes, toys, etc. Habitat for Humanity’s stores, cleverly called ReStore, also can find donated furniture and building materials a good home. And there is always the yard sale option.

But Freecycle was the answer to recycling my unused yarn and fabric, no longer needed teaching materials, lawnmower, old CDs, DVD tapes, corks, and a bunch of other stuff that might have ended up in the landfill. I responded to one of the emails received, agree to a convenient pickup date, and left the items in my driveway. Poof--they are gone later!

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,070 groups with 9,145,303 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills.

Membership is free, and everything posted must be FREE, legal and appropriate for all ages. To view the items being given away or sought, you must be a member of the local group. To view the local group posts, visit the local Yahoo Group where they are located by clicking on the link below.

There are two Freecycle groups in Williamsburg, VA and one in Yorktown:

WilliamsburgVAFreecycle, a Freecycle Network group, has more than 1660 members who post "Wanted" or "Offer" on a variety of items that are free for the asking..

WilliamsburgRecyclist, another Yahoo group, has about 1000 members.

YorktownVAFreecycle also has one with almost 1000 members.

You can join more than one and really divert a lot of your "stuff" from the landfill.