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      11.11.2013 22:42
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      A great way to exchange things with people at no cost

      Freecycle.org
      Freecycle is a web based group that you can join, which provides a platform on which members can offer and receive their unwanted items, for free!
      The site has different message boards for geographical area, and the site for each area is run by volunteers, and while the format and design of each area is different, the ideal of the site is the same - a place for people to offer and receive goods that people no longer want, for no cost.
      My experience
      I have been a member of 3 different groups, and have had positive experiences of all. To join up you have to come up with a username and password, and submit this to the group. Some have extra steps - the Swindon freecycle also requested an email statement on why you would like to join the site (I guess to stop people trawling the site for things to get to sell).
      Once signed up you can post any unwanted items you may have, and respond to items you would like. How regularly new things come up on the site is dependant on how many active users in the area, so Swindon was always full ,whereas Cirencester is much quieter.
      People put all sorts on Freecycle, so always keep an eye out, but regular items include board games, sofas and fridge/freezers and kitchen equipment. I like to keep a list of items I'm looking for, to remind me what I would like when I am browsing. I recently got a Chrsitmas Tree, which I have been looking for since May! So waiting is definitely the aim of the game.
      However, if you really need something urgently, you can always create a 'wanted' adds for items you need , on the off chance someone wants to get rid of it but just hasn't listed it yet. I would advise against bombarding the site with requests for things though - this will just annoy other members, and could even get you banned by the administrator.

      If you want to get something
      The format of the posts is usually a quick title of the item e.g. 'freezer' and then the location of the person giving the item away. When you click on the link this then gives a more detailed description on the item, such as measurements and condition. If you would like to take the item, you just respond and send a short message to the giver requesting it, and you may or may not get an email back, to arrange a time to collect.
      I would advise checking regularly, as things often get snapped up quickly (they are for free after all!), and in my message I normally like to write why I want the item. (I tend to pick who to give it to based on their reasoning - e.g. I gave a Sylvanian Family set to someone who wanted them for her daughters birthday), but other people may choose on when you can pick it up or how quickly you respond
      If you 'win' the item, you arrange to go pick it up with the gifter, usually by email or telephone, and I would recommend picking it up as soon as possible (only polite, as they want to 'get rid').
      I have received a number of items from Freegle in this way, including a Christmas Tree, table, craft items and jiffy bags, and everyone I have met has been so friendly and generous - part of the Freegle ethos I guess!

      If you want to get rid of something

      It is very simple to post an item you want to get rid of - I like to give as much detail as possible, including the style, condition and size of the item (just saying 'bed' is not very informative!), and will give you more chance of responses.
      Then any requests will email you, you can pick who to give it to, and arrange with them when they can collect it.
      I would advise also writing that the item is 'taken' or you may continue to get inundated with responses!

      Overall Freecycle is a great way to get rid of items you don't want and to rehome other unwanted gifts for free.

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        03.02.2011 14:21
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        Freecycle: keeping stuff out of landfill

        The concept
        Freecycle is a green network - described on their website (freecycle.org) as "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."

        Until Freecycle, your only real option was to give to charity shops and jumble sales - which is fine for books and clothes, but often harder if you're talking about electrical goods or furniture.

        I have given away a garden shed (in pieces), decorating stuff, a lawn mower, a kitchen table, a very ancient laptop, craft stuff, books, moving boxes, stationery and probably a lot more that I've forgotten. I've also received a tent, moving boxes (received, used, given away again!) and a wide variety of strange oddments for my guide unit (youth group). And all for free!

        The setup
        Individual members (over 8 million people!) join their local group (nearly 5,000 so far). Most are set up as Yahoo groups. You join up using a yahoo id (available free) or your email address. You can then send and receive emails to and from everyone else in your local group. Some groups cover a wider area than others, and some may overlap. Also watch out for breakaway groups (Freegle, or local variations) which do broadly the same things but under a different name.

        Once you've joined up, you're set. If you have something you no longer need - you post it as an OFFER on your group - by sending an email, or entering it through the yahoo group's page. People can then email you back if they're interested. Some things are more popular than others - if you offer a working fridge or computer for instance, you are likely to get a deluge of emails!

        If you're interested in receiving stuff, you have 2 options. The best is to just keep an eye on all the emails & be quick off the mark replying to anyone which interest you. The other option is to post a WANTED ad. Most groups put some limits on these, as they can overwhelm a group - some require you to have posted at least one OFFER before you can put up a WANTED, some may limit the number of WANTEDs you can post in a month. Keep it real - posting to say you're looking for "an extra armchair, anything will do" is one thing but if you say you're looking for "a 3-piece suite, must be black leather, good quality and in perfect condition" - well, you're unlikely to get a great response!

        Freecycle is the overarching organisation, and puts a number of requirements on every local group - effectively a company policy. The local groups are run by local volunteers - unpaid and often unappreciated! But without them the system wouldn't work.

        Local variation
        Many local groups have their own by-laws. My current one asks that if you have several things to offer at the same time that you combine them in one email, to reduce the number of emails going out. Others prefer you to post each item separately for easier organisation. Many have limits on offering things like pets or perishable goods like food.

        The practicalities
        If you're offering an item and you have several requests, it is totally up to you to decide who gets it. You can work a "first come, first served" system - especially if you're in a hurry to get rid of something bulky. What's generally seen as the fairer way is to wait a day or 2 until everyone has seen the offer, and then choose one - the most deserving, the most entertaining, the closest to you to reduce the carbon footprint - whatever's your thing.

        The recipient always collects. This is the fairest way - if you want to benefit from free stuff then you make the effort to pick it up. It also encourages people to offer items even if they don't have the time, energy or capability to move it themselves (we passed on our old garden shed this way). You may need to think about this is advance before requesting something! Occasionally the giver may offer to deliver but it's not the general rule.

        The problems
        Any great concept has its downsides. Don't get your hopes too high if somebody offers something you'd like - this is like counting chickens before they are hatched. Sometimes the wanted posts can get overwhelming and frustrating. And the person who doesn't turn up when they say they will (the "no show") is a regular frustration.

        But overall freecycle is a huge asset to any community - why not give it a go?

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          03.07.2010 22:07
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          A fab site but not for the selfish or mercenary.

          After such success with this website over the last 2 days I felt compelled to review it. Having sold our family home but with all of us already owning furniture in our new homes, we had planned to sell much of the furniture from the family home. But then laziness took hold, time passed an all of a sudden we only had a week left to get everything out. Offers to friends and family got rid of a few bits but we were effectively left with a 4 bedroom house full of furniture that needed to go quickly! Much of the furniture had enjoyed some good use from us and wouldn't really have had much sale value anyway. It felt criminal just to take the furniture to the rubbish tip, or even to give it to someone that would the sell it on and make a profit. Somehow we came across the freecycle website.

          Freecycle is a network made up of lots of groups, so there will almost definitely be a group for your area. The groups are run by local volunteer moderators. When you join the site you join a group (or several) for the areas you are interested in. You can then advertise anything you want to get rid of on the condition that it is free of charge and legal! You can also send out a request for something you need. The site is very easy to use and although the pages are a little slow to load at times, it is a quick and easy process to list your unwanted items.

          On Thursday evening we listed a range of items. These included a slightly tatty but still reasonable condition 3 piece suite, a large dining room table with chairs, computer chairs, desks, BBQ, garden chair, piano, some old but still useable double beds, childrens toys, a baby bath, bedside lamps, pots and pans and various other items. By Friday morning the calls were flooding in and by Saturday morning all of our items listed had found a new home. The people that came and collected are items were all from our local area and were so grateful to be receiving items that they needed but perhaps could not afford to buy new.

          It was comforting to know that our items were going to homes where they would be appreciated rather than just sold on. Each person had their own story of why they needed the items and it felt really good to be able to help. One story that particularly touched us was a gentleman who came to collect our rusty, old children's slide and swing which had both definitely seen better days. We hadn't imagined anyone would want them and had planned on taking them to the tip. It transpired that his son had spent his youth in very unfortunate circumstances after falling in with the wrong crowd, drugs etc had ruined this young mans life. He had then fallen in love with a woman who he married and had a child with - since that moment he had completely turned his life around and was unrecognisable from the man that had been so messed up previously. He was a doting dad and desperate to provide his child with a good start in life. He was working hard and managing to rent a house but it was in such a deprived area that whenever they had saved up enough money to purchase a swing for the garden it had been stolen. The guys father had said that hopefully the fact that the swing and slide were so battered and rusty meant that no one would break into the garden to steal them this time and the child would be able to enjoy them. He was so incredibly grateful for something we were ready to dispose of.

          Every single item that was collected this weekend went to someone that appreciated it far more than we could have hoped for. A young mum who's partner had left here was over the moon with the baby bath and some winnie the pooh bedroom furniture.

          The site is just amazing. We managed to clear a whole house of furniture in just two days with minimal hassle. Many of the people that came to collect an item ended up taking something else from the piles of stuff we were trying to get rid off. By the end of today everything had a good home and we were so happy not to have sent it all to landfill.

          The idea behind the site is not only to save the environment by reducing consumerism, but it brings back the sense of community where one persons cast off is another persons treasure. I think that the site is just such a brilliant idea and I am amazed by some of the things I have seen offered on the site. It is definitely worth signing up to your local group, even if just to find a good home for what you think is some old junk, but what may be really useful for someone else. The site points out that electrical items are often not accepted by charity shops as they have to go through a number of tests before they can be sold on. Whereas on Freecycle they can be passed on without any hassle.

          5 stars from me and I urge you to take a look at this site. In theory, the more people that use it, the less unwanted household items that will end up in landfill. A great way to get rid of things you no longer need and an even better way to acquire things that you need.

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            31.05.2010 17:47
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            Great for everyone , and the globe too ... Recycle it with FREECYCLE

            Freecycle.org

            I came across this site quiet by accident as I had rung the council to remove some unwanted furniture, and with what they were wanting to charge me was ridiculous, I had two wardrobes and a three piece suite I wanted to get rid off

            So whilst searching for alternative ways to off load my surplus furniture I came across Freecycle.

            You do have to join the site which is pretty straight forward, you fill in your details of username and password,and wait for your confirmation e-mail to access the site, when you get on to the site you search for which ever area you are in,

            Once you have found your area you can either offer goods or ask for goods , In my case i wanted to get rid off the above mentioned surplus furniture so i advertised it and within an hour i had 4 emails from people asking me if they could have it , I simply looked at the emails and chose the most deserving whom was a student , I did detail my advert to the best of my ability with adding pictures so they knew that the wardrobes had a few scratches and the 3 piece was only 3 years old but could do with a clean in a few areas, but that it was free to the collector,

            Within a matter of hours The student had collected the furniture and freed up much needed space in my house , which in theory was a lot better and faster than the council could offer and the added bonus was that i had helped someone whom could not afford it otherwise.

            Freecycle has been also great for me in the sense that I too have gained from the site, With summer fast approaching and my children getting older , They have decided they would like to go camping , being a little low on funds I thought I would try and ask if anyone could help, I placed my advert asking for any camping equipment anyone could offer would be gratefully received, In a day i had 12 replies offering me allsorts, I now have a tent , four sleeping bags, 2 led lights and 2 torches a camping stove and a cooler box all thanks to free cycle,

            Yes you will get the odd con on their but it is down to you to use your skills and do not under any circumstances give out details until you are sure the person can be trusted. but all in all it is a great site, even if you want something and have something to get rid off you could alternatively offer it as a swap, it will not only help you out but you in turn are helping someone else.

            I find this site fantastic it is good to know htat something i would of put on the tip is now serving someone else for a few more years, and i guess in a way that it is helping the globe in a way i guess it is not only tin cans and plastic bottles you can recycle but other things too so saves filling them land fill sites.

            This is not just a site for the uk , but it is world wide so you can always help someone somewhere!

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              30.04.2010 14:31
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              Handy site to help de-cluttering!

              Freecyclye.org is a person to person method for passing on unwanted items to thise who have use of them.

              I must admit that I don't know the background to the site, but will let you know how it works for us, where we are, in West Kent.

              Once you register, you can send e-mails to the moderator listing items that you wish to 'advertise'. After a short time, these items will appear on an e-mail that is sent to all subscribers (currently over 5000 in our group). One drawback is that we are unable to attach pictures to the e-mails, so a description is all you can add.

              You can also ask for items that you may need - one rather cheeky request was for a 32" LCD television, not sure how many responses that one got.

              We joined a couple of years ago to pass on some clutter that was no use to us, but may have been to someone else. We are currently using it to clear out my son's toy cupboard of games that he has grown out of. I must admit that we first consider if the item is likely to sell on eBay first and if not then we list it on Freecycle.

              We ask that if anyone is interested to email us their phone number so that we can call them to arrange collection.

              Over the past couple of years we have passed on countless items, including toys, baby clothes, clothes hangers, right up to our old double bed, which went a few days ago, and generally most of the items go without bother.

              There are some negatives to the site;

              - There seem to be a number of timewasters on the site. You agree to let them have the item, agree a time for collection and then hear nothing more. When this happens to us, we let the next person have it, but it is a waste of time and effort.
              - 'Professional Freecyclers'. When we have listed multiple items on one mail, we get a response like 'I will have them all' followed by a mobile number. We ignore these and go to the next response.
              - When registered, your inbox fills up with the e-mails as there isn't a way to state whether you want to receive them or not. We get round this by de-registering when we have nothing to list.
              - A lack of gratitude. Most freecyclers do show gratitude, and whilst we don't do it for the thanks, a please and thank you would be nice to get from the people who collect our items (A lot of the time we leave items outside for collection as we are out).
              - Offering of animals. Surley this shouldn't be allowed!

              Positives do outweigh these though and it is a much better alternative than visiting the dump. It is symbiotic in that it benefits both you, as you have got rid of an item that you didn't want and it has helped others, such as Toddler Groups, who took a lot of the toys.

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                22.04.2010 01:37
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                no one wants something because its free

                The Freecycle Network is primarily about environmental care and ethics, but it is also about people offering and receiving benevolence in which the site then fundamentally operates as a non-profit type of charity for people in need.

                This well thought out initiative by the site creator who is passionate about the environment has taken one brave step towards solving government concerns of how to manage the practical issue of consumer waste.

                The concept is stunningly intelligent as well as feasible, though like any workable idea; needs relevant as well as insightful exposure if it is to be successful. What I mean by this is that, it is not attractive on its own merits to campaign against waste pollution without considering all the factors that contribute to this local as well as global issue.

                People don't necessarily want 'stuff for free' because it is free or because it serves a political purpose. We are more inclined to want something for free if it is going to benefit us or our lives in some way other than just to save the planet from the threat of waste. Although people are generally conscientious and want to do what they can to nurture and care for the immediate and future world: it doesn't mean that they are prepared to do it at any cost if the rewards are not tangible.

                People's lives are largely governed by money and material accumulation in modern society despite however, ethical people really show themselves to be. Why have a broken or second-hand bed when this would imply or identify them as disadvantaged? - It can be easily understood when we consider that many millions are in debt in the UK because they no longer wish to participate in a life of struggle when advertisers deem it the norm to live in unfordable circumstances.

                As for myself, I am not that proud and regularly post 'wanted' on my local freecycle account even though I often feel guilty that maybe I ought to be in debt like the rest of humanity instead of taking from another. The stigma attached to poverty alone is demeaning for many and why it is that being in debt may have far more glamorous dangers than to being in need itself?

                The positive advantages of this enterprise are many and in particular, the prevention of goods that can be re-used and/or repaired so as to significantly reduce waste that cannot be accommodated in existing toxic-brimming landfill sites. However, the quality of goods is of key importance to those who are in need and would make use of items that essentially improve the standard/quality of life and the difficulty with Freecycle is that it doesn't always guarantee this.

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                  04.04.2010 17:28
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                  free really is free

                  I have been a member of Freecycle for about four years now and i think that it is an amazing idea, the general idea is to get rid of your unwanted things without throwing them in the bin. This is really good for both the person who wants to get rid of something and the person on the receiving end. In order to be a member you have to give something away, this can be anything. On the group i am on people are unbelievably generous. I have seen ads of people giving away wii's, cookers and all manner of other things. You basically send an email to the moderators saying for example OFFERED: Electric cooker (LOCATION). You can put as much or as little detail as you want into it and then they forward it to everyone in the group. People then reply directly to you stating that they would like it and often put a little about why in to in the hope that you will prefer them. It is soo easy and much better for the environment then taking things to the tip. I have given loads away which has saved putting bulky things in the car - i couldn't be bothered with the hassle of ebaying big things so it is a real winner with me.

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                  11.03.2010 14:37
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                  Definitely worth joining, see what you can get

                  Freecycle is a way of getting rid of unwanted items and receiving other people's unwanted items too. It appeals to me because it is money-saving as well as recycling.

                  When you join freecycle, you sign up to the group or groups nearest you. You can then list items you are offering or items you want. You can check freecycle regularly, or you can get an email for each item listed. (One group I am a member of seems to get about 100 posts a day which is a bit mad). Or on some groups, you can get a daily digest email of all the posts made. However, you need to be quick because items can go really fast.

                  If you like the look of an item, you send a message to the person who posted it. They then might reply and set up a time for you to collect it from them. It is not a swap - you don't have to give anything to them. The aim is that everyone on the site is giving and receiving items.

                  It is a great way to get rid of things you don't want - e.g. a toaster, a bookcase, some kids clothes. It is also great for getting things free, including good quality furniture and appliances. If you are moving house, it would be a really useful site to join.

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                    04.02.2010 22:40
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                    A great site to become involved in.

                    Freecycle has got bigger and better over the years. I have been a member for about 4 years now and have gained a lot of items I needed as well as shift stuff I didn't want. My most recent item was a video head cleaner that I couldn't find in any of the stores I asked in. So I placed a wanted advert through freecycle and within a few days I had one.

                    Freecycle works through emails and is a non profit organised site.

                    Items recycled through freecycle save the items from being thrown away and filling up the land field sites.
                    As they say one man's junk is another man's treasure.

                    Items vary from week to week but the normal items that are offered are general home items like furniture, white goods, books, toys, games, clothing, baby products, bedding, plants, electrical items & anything that you would find at a car boot sale really plus more.
                    Have seen people offer grass turfs, rubble, sand, patio paving slabs.
                    So there is certainly an arrange of stuff available and bound to be something offered that you need.

                    How it works is that when people have something to offer they post an offered advert stating what they have and where they are. Items you want you have to arrange collection for and you basically email them saying you are interested and the person offering will contact you back via email. Sometimes if they have been bombarded by emails you wont get a reply but others will let you know that the item has already been offered to somebody else.

                    If you have something to offer you place an advert stating again what it is and where you are located, Keep an eye on your emails for responses to come through.

                    once an item has been collected or received another advert need to be posted so that people will know you no longer need the item or item collected.
                    All adverts are checked by moderator type person before it goes live to make sure you are complying with the rules and regulations.
                    When you join up there are a few rules to follow that you can read about and it is all explained about how to post the adverts.
                    To become involved you need to go to the site at http://www.uk.freecycle.org/ then find your local area, most towns now have their own freecycle running, Register with your area.

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                    Overall, a great idea for recycling goods

                    I discovered freecycle about three of four months back now, although it seems to be referred to as freegle now. I was introduced to it as I was always looking for bargains on Ebay and such sites. Then someone said to me there was this group you could join where you receive emails offering items that are no longer for use and would otherwise be taken down the tip and you can also request an item you need. Then the way it works is that you reply to that person if you want the item they are offering and if so they will get back to you and you can collect from them.

                    I signed up to the one in my local area and it's great. Now, there is alot of stuff on there that I don't want, but I have managed to pick up a few items that were worth getting and I have made good use of. That's the great thing about it is that something that someone else doesn't want you may want yourself. The things are not always junk. I have managed to pick up such items as a moses basket and car seat which have been very handy indeed and otherwise would have had to buy.

                    Not only is it a great way to get items you need it saves on the environment as you are not dumping them, but recycling them. It's almost like an online jumble sale I guess with the difference that you don't have to rummage through loads of stuff that's terrible but can pick and choose when you see the email.

                    It always depends on the person giving the item away who they choose to collect it whether it be the first person who replies or wait a while and give it to the person with the best cause. It is all at their discretion which is fine.

                    There has been an arugement or discussion if you will recently on there that it's unfair on those who can't get to a computer as they miss out because they can't check their email regularly. The way I see it is this is a great idea and run really well and the fact that it's all at the discretion of the person giving the item away means that it doesn't always work on a first come first served basis. I know I have picked up items a week later as I've been away and the person is fine with that...

                    Long may this group continue as it's a wonderful way to pick up items online for free and use to your benefit.

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                    Check out your local Freecycle

                    I think Freecycle is such a great idea. An egroup where folk can offer up unwanted items, or post a request for wanted items all without any money changing hands. The idea is that items are saved from unnecessarily going to landfill and instead can be used by someone else. As the old saying goes, one man's rubbish is another man's gold, or something like that!

                    The actual Freecycle process is pretty straight forward- you join the Freecycle egroup, then you simply submit an email of any items you have to offer, or an email requesting items that you would like to receive. Emails are then approved by the moderators (to ensure they meet with Freecycle rules) and appear in the group for other members to see and respond to.

                    The rules seem to vary from group to group, but in my local Freecycle you need to have offered up a minimum of three items in the last three months before you can post a wanted ad. Presumably to prevent people just joining and requesting items without ever offering anything.

                    I love that fact that Freecycle offers me a place to get rid of unwanted items without having to send them to the tip. Items I have got rid of include a rigid pond liner, garden fence, internal doors and two sofas. As the person wanting the item collects this has saved me the hassle of having to transport the items, and the collector has got themselves a useful item!

                    However there are a few problems with the system. Firstly some people simply respond to offered ads, then sell items on eBay, which is not really in the spirit of Freecycle. Also I have had a few people respond to offered ads, then never turn up to collect the item which can be pretty frustrating.

                    Overall I would recommend everyone check out their local Freecycle to see how it can help you declutter, and you never know what little gems you might pick up on there!

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                      A great way to recycle your old goods

                      I only came across Free cycle (or sometimes known as freegyle) by accident when I was looking on google for my local recycling facilities.
                      I joined up to have a look after reading that I can recycle my old goods by giving them to other people in my local area.
                      I am quite a hoarder, and when I finally do get rid of stuff, I don't just want to chuck it away. In fact I am more likely to get rid of things I don't use now I know about free cycle, as I know things are going to a good home where they are more likely to get used.
                      I personally haven't taken anything myself from someone on the site yet, but I am looking for a fridge freezer so my eyes are peeled now lol.
                      My latest free cycle endevour, is to a woman looking for clothes for her neighbour. She is looking for clothes in my size, and I have far too many clothes, the majority of which I couldn't tell you when I last wore.
                      So after reading the womans message, I emailed her straight through the site and she is coming over to mine on tuesday evening to pick up some clothes.
                      It makes me feel good knowing that the things I dont use can help someone else, and they are not going to waste. Nor are they taking up space in my house and wardrobe anymore.
                      Everyone has things in their house that they don't use, yet are perfectly great for someone else to use. The best bit of all, if people recycle their goods, these things don't go to land fill.
                      I bet everyone can find something in their house to put on free cycle, and I bet someone will happily and gratefully take it off your hands.

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                      14.01.2010 18:16
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                      I think this is brilliant!

                      This is a very simple site with a very simple purpose!

                      This is a Yahoo group. To use it you will have to have a Yahoo account or sign up with Yahoo. This process is simple and nothing to worry about.

                      The premise of this site is to recycle your goods by giving them away to someone when you no longer have a use for them rather than them going to landfill sites and going to waste.

                      This of course works both ways you can give things away or look on the site for things you would like, or if you are after something you can list a wanted advert so that if someone has what you need they can get in touch and offer it to you.

                      The adverts say what is for offer and where the person lives/wants it collected from.

                      This idea is brilliant, how many of us have old things that are too good to throw away but we are keeping them when we know that they will never get used again? Clothes that are the wrong size or a sandwich toaster that hasn't been used since 1998? Why keep them clogging up your cupboard space when someone else is likely to go out and spend money on buying it?

                      We had a clear out back a few months ago and there was a lot of things we came across that we were keeping for no other reason than they were too good to throw out and not good enough or worth enough to sell. I placed adverts on the site and have got rid of quite a bit, books, CD's, windscreen wipers, clothes, TV aerial and more.

                      I have only placed one wanted advert, I looked for weeks and weeks on there for a headboard. We haven't had one since we bought our divan base two years ago. Times were hard as my other half was out of work so buying one was simply out of the question and we were both sick of not having one so I placed that ad with no expectation of actually getting a response, but I did!
                      I was offered a lovely black metal headboard and my brother collected it as I was unable to that week. I was sent pictures so I could see if I would like it too.

                      The headboard looks brand new! It was on the bed in the spare room apparently which they changed to bunk beds so that their grandchildren could stay.

                      This is a great way to keep things out of landfill and keep your cupboards from being full of things that you no longer use.
                      Have a look on there, it can be quite addictive! But remember, don't just take, give too!

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                      11.01.2010 21:34
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                      Use it if you have a need

                      This is an awesome idea! People give away things to the local group for free that it would be awkward to get rid of or things that they just can't be bothered to dispose of or have further use in them. They advertise it on freeview, receive many requests for it and voila! You find yourself with an item for free!

                      It works well in theory. You have to be super quick if you want something like a laptop (old ones are put on occasionally, but they're gone within the hour). I have seen fully functional fridge freezers and dish washers advertised soit is not too hard to save yourself a fortune. I think if you were really quick and lived in London you could probably get 80% of your house's furnishings in a month.

                      So it's great fir your purse, the convenience of the donatee (you pick it up at a mutually convenient time), and of course, the environment. Sadly you will find your inbox gets flooded with emails really quickly and you have to be really speedy to get the things yhat are most valuable, but this is a great idea. It seems to work in practice too.

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                      04.01.2010 21:29
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                      In a very consumer driven economy freecycle offers something different to those more green!

                      Well I decided to join the Freecycle group for my area after everyone everywhere had been talking about the benefits [free items, recycling, getting rid of junk etc etc etc] Initially I was very pleased I got a few good qulity items which saved me quite some time, for baby items there is a lot on offer. I also gave some clothes to an individual who was in need of some my size that I was going to take to a charity shop and they were very grateful. HOWEVER, and it is a big however, I was not prepared for the huge amount of emails that were going to flood my inbox EVERY day, so many wanted emails too which was a bit of a pain. However I have sinced recalled my membership and my husband has informed me that there is now an option to only have relevant emails sent ot you as he has now become a member, so I think I may go back and be reconverted! It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride but I do think the overall purpose and idea behind the movement is brilliant.

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