Recycle Stuff + Get Free Stuff = Freecycle
The idea is simple. You have something you no longer need or want? Simply post the details of the item(s) and someone who can use it comes to fetch it. Need something? Post your need and sit back and wait for someone to respond.
No money changes hands, its a case of 'thanks for taking this thing off my hands.' It's a great way for non-profit organisations to get hold of things at no cost, enabling them to channel funds for other activities. I have been a member of the Cape Town group, which currently has 1268 members and have watched many worthy institutions and even individuals get hold of 'stuff' that have helped them immensely. The great thing is anyone, can obtain the goods offered. So if you are are student looking for a bookcase for digs or a community clinic needing gravel for your driveway you have a chance of getting your need met using this network. And let's face it we all have things stowed away that we feel are to valuable to throw in the bin, but not worthy of trying to flog in the classifieds.
The one rule : Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.
Freecycle has 4,075 communities, ie 4,075 cities, around the world including here in SA. Besides Cape Town, there are communities in the following cities :
- East London
- Port Elizabeth
There, that can be your good deed for the year!