Australia has grown a fantastic network of free recycling depots and websites. The digital revolution is both global and local, and community recycling is one of the best examples of how this all works.
It isn’t just state by state or city be city recycling. It is local suburbs within communities and streets that make the system work.
The Freecycle Network is made up of over 5 thousand groups with over 10 million members across the globe. So far there are 110 countries who have joined, but the number is continuously growing. It's a grassroots and entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping reusables out of the waste.
Membership for the organisation is free, and everything posted must be free , legal and appropriate for all ages. As a nonprofit organisation, The Freecycle Network's server and operating expenses are funded by corporate underwriting, on-site advertising (in the form of a Google sponsor bar), grants and individual donations. Doesn't that sound great?
Groups are run by volunteer moderators and members take part in the worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources and eases the burden on our landfills.
In Australia freecycle.org is well established in every state, capital city and town. You can be part of this growing movement as well.
We highly recommend joining. There are some great items to be collected and you will be doing your bit for the environment.
Ziilch is a free community website that provides us with a way to give away items we no longer want to other people who may need them. Since its launch, Ziilch has been visited by over 2.5 million Australians already, and most items listed are typically collected within hours.
It's free to list items on Ziilch and it's free to take them. They encourage social responsibility and support environmental sustainability by giving away good stuff rather than simply disposing of it.
You need to sign up and become a member to request FREE stuff or give away second hand stuff you don't want anymore! Be a part of this “re-use” revolution!
Here are the three steps to giving stuff away:
- Snap a photo with your smart phone and write a description.
- Pick someone to give it to.
- Pop it on your porch ready for collection
The Oz Recycle Community is an Australian Recyclers Community and helps the environment by reducing landfill.
How do they do this? By giving away and getting things for free (gifting) instead of throwing them out to the skip or into the wheelie bin. Since the site was launched they have seen items large and small offered for free through their classifieds.
Items you can find include pianos, cars, books, televisions, dolls, stamp collections, sewing machines, wedding dresses, building materials, artwork, antique furniture, fridges, stoves, tents, dog kennels (but they say with great emphasis, not dogs), gadgets, computers, used DVD discs and cassette tapes, fish tanks and even musical instruments.
Have you got something lying around at home that someone else could use? Give it away instead of throwing it away.