Another Way to Recycle

Posted on February 18, 2008. Filed under: Frugal Living, Westchester | Tags: , , , , |

Today is about Frugal Living

Freecycle NetworkMy family is like so many others and produces a lot of waste. This morning, I was looking at all of the bottles and cans my family used in the past week and am grateful our town has a recycle program so that waste will not end up in a landfill. I recently discovered another great way to recycle more useful items called Freecycle.

According to their webpage (www.freecycle.org), Freecycle was started in May 2003 to promote waste reduction by creating local groups of people who give — and get — free items, thus keeping those items useful and avoiding sending them into landfills. People can post items they want to give away, while others can post requests for things they need. There are over 4,000 groups with over 4 million members, and you can find your local group on the FreeCycle webpage. I signed up for my local group, called WestchesterNYFreecycle, and have seen offers for everything from children’s clothing, to sports equipment and televisions. I have also seen requests for outdoor toys, jewelry boxes, and space heaters.

This is a great way to find free items that you can use. But it is also a great way to make sure the items you no longer need can be used by others. Like lots of families with children, we have clothes, toys, furniture and lots of other stuff that is in good shape but has been outgrown or is no longer used. So if we won’t use it, it’s better to recycle it to someone else who can use it, and avoid sending it to a landfill.

I think this is a great idea and wrote an earlier post about consumerism and how our “stuff” impacts impact the environment. Well,  I am using this network to get rid of my usable “stuff” as I try to simplify my life. It’s an easy way to reduce, while having less of an impact on the environment.

Anne

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