How to...‎ > ‎


Easy ways to freecycle an item:

 Method  Pros  Cons
  • Leave it on the curb with a "free" sign attached.
  • Least work.
  • Unsightly.
  • Item can suffer environmental damage before pick up.
  • Relatively few people learn about the item and it may not be picked up.
  • Use a freecycle zone at work or at a dump.
  • Examples: Freecycling mugs or packing materials at work. A freecycle zone at a dump.
  • Immediate.
  • Easy.
  • Need a physical place for this.
  • Hours, locations, and what is accepted may be limited.
  • May require someone to monitor.
  • Hold a freecycle event, meetup, or estate giveaway (may be advertised with permission by a local freecycle group).
  • Good for getting rid of a lot of stuff all at once.
  • Fun to meet other freecyclers.
  • Need a physical place for this.
  • Hours and locations are limited.
  • Someone MUST supervise the event.
  • Give it to a charity such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, or another.
  • Immediate.
  • Benefits a charity and may get donation receipt to reduce taxes.
  • Must arrange transportation.
  • May not take many items such as left over paint (toxic waste) or other "junk".
  • Use craigslist, NextDoor or some other service.
  • Connects you with a large audience who might put your item to good use.
  • Generally protects your email from spammers.
  • Recipient usually picks up for free.
  • Any time night or day.
  • Not available everywhere. To find a service, see Find a Group.
  • Involves some email correspondence.
  • User interfaces vary and may be confusing.
  • Use a freecycling group/email list (probably the most popular option).
  • Widely available. See Find a Group.
  • Usually quick and efficient.
  • You can freecycle just about anything from toxic waste to an entire estate.
  • Connects you with a large, generally local audience.
  • Recipient usually picks up for free.
  • Easy to set up just about anywhere.
  • Any time night or day.
  • Not as good at protecting your email address from spammers.
  • Involves more email correspondence.
  • Must read the etiquette of whichever group you join, protocols vary.
  • Sometimes there are "no shows" (people who do not pick up). To discourage these, set a time limit and if not taken, give to your next choice.