Find a Group
Use one or more of the following directories to find a freecycling group, list, or service local to you:
Google - google "freecycle <name of your community>".
Buy Nothing Project - Originally a set of Facebook groups (and a spinoff of the freecycling movement) but now an app. Had a growth arc similar to TFN and, alas, also fell into the trademark vs free open movement as well as the its-hard-to-develop-good-apps traps.
Buy Nothing Groups - Buy Nothing Group directory where you can find buy nothing groups on Facebook and on their app.
craigslist - a classifieds service that also supports freecycling by allowing things to be given away in addition to being sold.
Facebook - many freecycle groups are on Facebook.
Freegle - a UK based freecycling service (freegling is the UK word for freecycling).
FreelyWheely - a freecycling directory/service that also has items for sale.
Groups.io - an email group service that essentially replaced Yahoo Groups and where many freecycling groups continue to run.
Marketplace/Oodle - a classifieds (for sale) service that also supports freecycling.
Nextdoor - a neighborhood-oriented social network that allows local freecycling along with other discussion. Started in 2011.
The Freecycle Network (TFN) - the oldest dedicated freecycling directory/service (note: TFN stumbled early on regarding FREE and LEGAL see History. As of 2023 it is still trying to shutdown independent freecycling groups. It seems to have a hard time understanding that it lost all of the lawsuits and that freecycle is now a regular Engilsh word. No one owns words, they are free for all of us to use. That is the nature of language.)
Trash Nothing - a large, popular freecycling service. Many independent freecycling groups moved here especially after Yahoo Groups ended.
When you first join a freecycle group or service, observe it for a while to see how it operates and verify it is a real freecycle site -- you can usually tell by the nature of the posts. If you see a lot of people giving and receiving items for free, you've come to the right place. It's up to you to pick a group (or groups), large or small, in which you are happy to freecycle. You may participate as little or as much as you wish.
No group near enough or think you can run a better one than currently exists? Then create your own using one of the services above.
The group directories and services listed above are outside of Freecycle Forever. While we link to them we are not responsible for their content or policies. Please contact the relevant owner of each if you have issues with any of them.
If there is a significant freecycle directory or service that is missing, please send it to email@example.com.
Freecycle Forever is a general educational resource about freecycling and not an individual group directory service. We do try to list ALL of the major freecycle directories. Thanks!
Services that now seem to be defunct:
EduCycle - a classifieds service that also supports freecycling for educators & businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dead link as of 5/2/2016.
FreecyclePlus - a freecycling service that had a cool user interface. Placeholder site as of 5/2/2016.
FreeFong - a freecycling service started in 2016. Website no longer around as of 2022.
FreeMesa.org - a freecycling service. Cannot reach site as of 10/15/2017.
FreeSharing - a directory to freecycling groups. Domain for sale as of 10/15/2017.
FreeUse Network - a directory to freecycling groups. Cannot reach site as of 10/15/2017.
FullCircles - a directory to freecycling groups in Canada. Domain for sale as of 10/15/2017.
Recycling Group Finder - a large directory to freecycling groups worldwide. Cannot reach site as of 10/15/2017.
Reuseit Network (RIN) - a directory to freecycling groups. Now seems to be an Indonesian gaming site as of 6/26/2020.
Sharing is Giving - a directory to freecycling groups. Current notice that this directory is shutting down as of 10/15/2017.
Yahoo Freecycling Groups - Where freecycling first started. A directory of groups. Yahoo Groups was the original hot bed for freecycling (and many email discussion groups) but the service ended most operations in 2019 and completely shutdown in 2020.