Resource: Freecycle

I started yet another day by clearing snow from the sidewalk and driveway. A quarter-inch layer of ice had formed atop a few inches of fluffy snow. I could bend down and peel off chunks in pieces and then toss them out of the way like flying disks.

I had overdressed for the early morning chore. Even though it was unseasonably cold for March, the air held a promise of warmth. Thus, I got to thinking about other household tasks that would soon need my attention. Instead of snow, clearing away clutter topped the list.

Sadly, many Americans take the easy route and simply kick the stuff to the curb for the trash truck to haul away. Good stuff, too. Useful stuff. Stuff that is no longer wanted by its owner; stuff that someone else needs.

A Wisconsin landfill. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources under a Creative Commons License
A Wisconsin landfill. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources under a Creative Commons License

Freecycle is a Website, similar to craigsList, that was designed to facilitate the exchange of such items. For instance, it connects people who need material for a project to those who have leftovers from ones they completed. Like craigslist, it’s a little clumsy in that it’s broken into local groups. Still, I urge you to try to give it away before you throw it away, because it’s not snow. It won’t melt, no matter where it gets tossed.

2 Comments

  1. Yes! Thanks for bringing this one up. I try to recyle & upcycle as much as possible. I give items to Care & Share, & I am the recipient of many great freebies so if I can’t use something I pass it along. So much waste makes my heart ache.

    1. So true, Jodie. Sadly though, such awareness often leads to a large collection of stuff as it waits to find a home. Thus, I can understand how one gives up and dumps it. It takes resolve to prevent waste, and it’s a darn shame that our culture makes this so.

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