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Weekly Tips | June 12, 2012

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Chalk it up to a good idea, and the next time you go to toss, try posting instead! Reduce waste and conserve natural resources using online sites that allow you to give away items you no longer need or find free used items for yourself. 

Instead of putting useable items in the garbage or recycling, post them on Freecycle, FreeCircle or Craigslist site. Giving is just part of the fun and you can also use these online tools to find items that you are seeking- for free!

Freecycling is a movement to help reduce waste by encouraging neighbors to give unwanted but reusable household items to each other instead of throwing them away(1).

Check out these three freecycle sites and get freecycling!

1. Freecycle Group: look up your local group and sign up for free

You can also “freecycle” at work using aptly named Freecycle@Work, to exchange items you no longer need.


2. FreeCircle: a new Oodle Marketplace App on Facebook, log in and join for free

3. Craigslist: you do not need to join but will need an email address to post items

Resources: (1) About FreeCircles | FreeCycle | Freecycle@Work | Earth 911 | FreeCircleCraigslist

The Big Picture

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American threw out 1,600 pounds of stuff in 2010. That’s roughly 4.43 pounds of waste per person each day, of which 1.51 pounds was recycled and composted.

Pass reusable items on to new users instead and:

If you’ve ever wondered “could someone use this?”, post it on Freecycle, FreeCircle or Craigslist and find out. The answer is probably, “yes”!

Sources: EPA Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2010 | EPA Municipal Solid Waste

Reduce first. Reuse what you can, and then Recycle.

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