I know I’ve already talked about this service, but I want to put another plug in for freecycle because in the past couple of days Allen has gotten rid of a bunch of stuff from our basement that would otherwise have to go to the dump. The system works and, believe me, what you have in your basement might be useless and tossable to you, but there is someone out there who will take it off your hands for free.

It’s good for the environment. It’s good for your basement. And, it’s international–so there might be one in your area no matter where you live (and if there’s not, there’s probably a way where you could start one).

Here’s the official blurb:

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by clicking on the region on the right. It will generate an automatic e-mail which, when sent, will sign you up for your local group and send you a response with instructions on how it works. Or, go directly to the Web site for your local group by clicking on your community’s link on the left. Can’t find a group near you? You might want to consider starting one (click on “Start a Group” for instructions). Have fun!

The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in Tucson’s downtown and help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills. The Network provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to “recycle” unwanted items. One person’s trash can truly be another’s treasure!

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