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Freecycle-Trash to Treasure

With spring right around the corner, at least in some parts of the country, it might be a good time to start reorganizing and de-cluttering the garage, house, or basement. Instead of pitching stuff you no longer want into the trash bin, why not consider donating them to charity or recycling them? One way to accomplish this is through an online community called the Freecycle Network.

I first stumbled upon the Freecycle Network last year. If you like dumpster diving, eBay, and thrift stores (in other words the thrill of the hunt and a good bargain, which in this case happens to be free), you'll love the Freecycle Network. The great thing about it is that it works in reverse as well, that is if you have something in good condition that you think someone else would benefit from, you can submit it to the Freecycle Network-for free.

The Freecycle Network is a non-profit organization whose focus is on waste reduction, a fancy way of saying recycling and reusing goods. Established in 2003, Freecycle now has nearly 2 million members in close to 3500 communities both in the United States and Internationally in more than 50 countries including the UK, Germany, and Canada.

A volunteer moderates each online community or "local group" and once you join (for free of course), you can begin to give and receive goods. Just about anything goes at Freecycle provided it's legal and suitable for all ages.

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