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Article • June 1, 2010

Recycle the Items You No Longer Want and Swap For What You Need

One man's trash is another man's recycled treasure with Freecycle

Most of us have more stuff than we need. And given that it’s Spring, now is a good time to reduce the clutter. But trashing your junk means adding it to a landfill.

To clean out while doing good, try Freecycle, a grassroots non-profit “gifting movement” of people who give away (and claim) stuff you might normally toss in the trash. The hook: everything is free.

To use the service, you’ll need to sign up for an account with a Yahoo! ID (if you don’t have one, get one). Next you’ll look for a group near you by entering your locale in the search prompt. The network has nearly 8 million participants worldwide, which means finding a local group is easy.

If you have items you want to give away, simply post a listing (these are similar in style to Craiglist postings). Other Freecycle members will contact you via email to claim your stuff.

When you see items you might like to claim for yourself, the system works in reverse—you contact the poster and arrange to pick up your new item.

You know what they say–reduce, reuse, Freecycle.