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Special Guest: Deron Beal, Founder and Executive Director of The Freecycle Network™

Description: It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Find out how Freecycle™ has become such a successful circle of giving as we interview the man who started it ALL, Deron Beal, in just a few short years.


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00:26 Introduction: Freecycle™
01:13 What is Freecycle™?
10:21 User Guidelines: Be Nice!
15:51 Upcoming Freecycle™ News
17:35 Garbage Picking Stories
21:46 Items Offered on Freecycle™
23:53 Are you a "Giver or a Taker"?
27:17 Most Unusual Items Listed
35:07 Tax-Deductions
35:45 How Do I Join?
40:53 Final-Tree Hugging Thoughts
45:38 Closing Track: Second Person

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"Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community."

What is Freecycle™?

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free.

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!

How Does It Work?

When you want to find a new home for something - whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door - you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of the local Freecycle™ group. Or, maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member's offer, and you just might get it. After that, it's up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure.

Non-profit organizations also benefit from The Freecycle Network™. Post the item or items you want to give away and specify that you wish the gift to go to a nonprofit cause. It's entirely your choice! It's a free cycle of giving.

Visit freecycle.org today.
Click here for more History and Background

"Folks with extra happily share; those who need gracefully receive,
all without judgement - or any funds - passed."
- Freecycle™

Interesting Facts about Freecycle™

• Freecycle™ is the largest recycling and reuse website in the world.

• Freecycle™ performs many wonderful functions: building bonds and community, keeping material items from the landfills, and redeeming the clutter than consumes us by moving it forward to a new, productive life.

• Freecycle™ operates with the help of nearly 10,000 local volunteers.

• The founder & Executive Director is Deron Beal. Clocking in at 6'6", he heads up the Freecycle™ basketball team and is a sucker for black & white cats.

• The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,165 groups with 4,075,000 members across the globe.

• Freecycle™ keeps approximately 300 tons of rubbish from entering our landfills worldwide - each and every day.

Articles About The Freecycle Network™

There are as many articles about Freecycle™ as there are tons of trash that Freecycle™ helps keep out of our landfills. Here are just a couple:

The Freecycle Network: Gift Economy

The Amazing Freecycle Story

People of the Web: An Online Flea Market Where Everything's Free
(Watch the Video!)

For more articles click here.

10 Resources for Junk

Deron's Favorite Recycling Links

Did you Know?

• Many schools and community organizations collect printer cartridges and cell phones for recycling. You can help save valuable landfill space by donating printer cartridges and cell phones to them. Be on the look out - members of your Freecycle™ group may be collecting for distribution to domestic violence shelters, for example. Or you can check with schools, nonprofit organizations, recycling centers, or hazardous waste collection programs to see what recycling or disposal options are available in your area.

• When you get new prescription eyeglasses, don't throw the old ones away! Charitable groups such as the Lions Club as well as many eyeglass retailers collect these and redistribute them to individuals in need, both locally and around the world!

• You might want to offer them first on your Freecycle™ group, but libraries, schools, hospitals and businesses with waiting rooms are great places to donate used books and magazines.

Get more ideas on the Freecycle™ Factoid Page.

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