Web Sites: Freecycle.org
Why I am recommending this site:
Freecycle.org promotes people helping people while at the same time contributing to a cleaner more efficient environment.
From the Site:
On May 1st, 2003, Deron Beal sent out the first e-mail announcing The Freecycle Network™ to about 30 or 40 friends and a handful of nonprofits in Tucson, Arizona. At the time Deron founded The Freecycle Network, he worked with a small nonprofit organization, RISE, which provides recycling services to downtown businesses and transitional employment to Tucsonans in need.
As Deron and his crews recycled, rather than watching perfectly good items being thrown away, they found themselves calling or driving around to see if various local nonprofits could use them. Thinking there had to be an easier way, Beal set up that first Freecycle e-mail group in a way that permitted everyone in Tucson to give and to get. Freecycle was off and running.
The Freecycle concept has since spread to over 50 countries, where there are thousands of local groups that have more than a million members – truly a grassroots wildfire of people helping people by “changing the world one gift at a time.” As a result, we are currently keeping approximately 50 tons a day out of landfills!
By giving freely with no strings attached, members of The Freecycle Network help instill a sense of generosity of spirit as they strengthen local community ties and spirit. People from all walks of life have joined together to turn trash into treasure.