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Using Freecycle

Freecycle is a great internet network of people who post items that they wish to give away or things that they are looking for. It is one manifestation of the environmental concept of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Giving away or getting for free, either way less goes into the landfill, a win all around. This is a page about using Freecycle.
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April 16, 2010

We have 3 kids; a 5 year old son and 8 month old twins. We use freecycle.org to help us pass on items we don't need anymore to prevent them from going into landfills and we use this group to obtain items such as clothing, furniture, toys, household items, etc. We save money and we are also helping the earth.

Freecycle.org is a group which uses yahoo groups to post. There are times where you don't get the item you need, but you can also post a want post on the group page. Make sure you read the rules and etiquette on your freecyle group to avoid any problems such as posts not getting posted.

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January 26, 2011

I am a major devotee of Freecycle. In the last month I have given away household linens, food, and books, and have been given stickers for a pots and pans promo at Albertson's, etc.

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August 3, 2009

I am dismayed that not everyone seems to be aware that there is an option for getting used appliances and other stuff for free by checking for a FreeCycle group in your area.

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December 12, 2017

I have been a member of Freecycle for a long time. Freecycle is an organization that keeps usable items out of the landfill by giving them to other members. I have both given and received many items.

An unopened eye makeup to give away.

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October 27, 2004

Have things in your house to get rid of? Need items? Have you tried http://www.freecycling.org? It is a website all over the US where people are giving stuff away, just have to pick it up.

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August 1, 2017

With so many ThriftyFun members being Freecycle members as well, I hope someone can answer this question.

In the past I have had questions for the local Freecycle moderator, none were answered. Recently, I submitted a post asking for old telephone books, July 18. It is still 'awaiting mod approval'. I sent an email to the moderator to ask if something was wrong. I've never gotten a reply.

Then I submitted another very similar post, July 28. It too is 'awaiting mod approval'.

I would like to contact the home office or head moderator to ask them if there is a problem. I cannot find any way to contact anyone other than the local moderator.

Does anyone know how?

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August 1, 20170 found this helpful

I am a moderator and have begged for help in my group. No one has stepped up to help. As a result, if I am on vacation or sick or when I had surgery, it sat for over a month. It could be the same situation with your group. Go to wiki.freecycle.org/Links_%26_Resources and look under member resource.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

I assume your moderator is away for some reason. In the meantime, there are Facebook groups that perform the same function. Try to find one of those or try Craigslist.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

When I first joined Freecycle, over two years ago, I saw some things offered that I would like to have. However, by the time the items were posted, they were already taken. At the time, I did not know you could go to the site before new posts were published and ask for the items.

I wrote the moderator asking how they were posted and taken in the same publishing. I never got an answer. That was over two years ago. Neither have any of my questions since been answered. If she/ he's been away that long, it's too long.

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August 2, 20170 found this helpful

Freecycle is in need of moderators. It is all done for free. You probably aren't getting an answer because there is no one in your area to answer it. I would go to the site(freecycle.org)and see if there is a national email or number you can call. I didn't see one. You might also put up a note on the Facebook Freecycle profile and see if you can get some feedback that way.

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August 3, 20170 found this helpful

Actually - I think I do. I have contacted someone before and they answered within 24 hours.
You can try this email but I think it may be best just to say you are having problems and not give any other information until they contact you. I remember that I used another email address rather than the one listed on freecycle. I'm not sure all that is necessary but I got the information I wanted.

help@freecycle.org

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August 14, 2007

Do you have stuff you want to give away or is there things you need here is a website where everything is FREE, you can give your stuff away or ask for donations of things you need.

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January 26, 2011

It's a wonderful grass roots movement that is a great way to unclutter your home of unused items and a way to pay it forward by offering it to your local neighbors so they might use it.

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August 3, 2009

This may seem like a "no-brainer" tip but I CANT stress this enough! Anytime you need something LOOK ON Craigslist or Freecycle.

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April 22, 2009

For the past year I have discovered the greatest thing! It's called Freecycle.

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April 14, 2009

Check Freecycle Before You Buy. One of my new favorite things I am getting into is my local freecycle group. I love it.

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