For years we have both been recycling as much as possible as well as selling or donating all of our old clothing and household items. I have always hated seeing perfectly good objects being thrown out in the trash. At my last job, I noticed a LOT of things though very old, still very usable to somebody (somewhere) being tossed into the dumpster (some still in the original packaging!!).
This is when I stumbled across a great resource called FREECYCLE. Straight from their website:
“It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.”
Essentially what you do is, log on to Freecycle, post on their forum what it is you have with the word “OFFER” in the title and wait for someone to respond saying they want it. Likewise, if you are looking for something for yourself, you post what it is you want with “WANTED” in the title.
Through Freecycle I have found lots of good homes for old bikes, stickers, posters, boxes, appliances, shirts, odd trinkets and parts. I even helped out a local school teaching kids about urban city gardening with my donation of about 40 used 5 gallon oil buckets.