FreeCycle, Free ReCycling Cleveland: Another way to recycle and shop recycled

If your spring cleanup has left you with a pile of stuff that’s still useful but maybe not the kind of thing resale shops want, consider using FreeCycle and Free ReCycling Cleveland. These sites will help you get rid of — or acquire for free — anything from a ceiling light fixture or a storm door to a guitar or a playpen.

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If yard sales aren’t your style, use FreeCycle and Free ReCycle Cleveland to keep it all out of the landfill.
Photo credit: Pallawiki

FreeCycle is a grassroots nonprofit volunteer network of people who are giving away and getting stuff for free in their own towns — reusing and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership in local chapters is free. Members post notices that list and describe the items they’re giving away, or hope to acquire, without charge.

Free ReCycling Cleveland is a similar organization that operates only in Northeast Ohio.

Hat

Decided that this isn’t the hat for you? Find someone to love it on FreeCycle or Free ReCycling Cleveland. Credit: hbrinkman

KitchenCabinetsEdit

Give those discarded kitchen cabinets — and maybe that microwave — new life through FreeCycle or Free ReCycling Cleveland. Credit: Tomwsulcer

FreeCycle

To join Freecycle:

  • Go to the group’s website, www.freecycle.org, enter the city and state or the zip code for your community and click “go.”
  • The search engine will return either an exact match (if any) for the zip code or a list of possible matches for a city and state.
  • Click on the search result and you’ll be redirected to the local FreeCycle group’s page.
  • Join your local group. Join more than one, if that works for you.
  • You should receive a series of email messages from the local group — guidelines, disclaimer, “who we are, what we do,” etc. Read them.

While you wait for the emails:

  • Read the FAQs (link at left-hand side of the top navigation bar).
  • Read the Files (link in the box on the left side of the web page).
  • Read some of the posts (click on “Messages”) to see how members use the site.

When you’re ready to start, click on “Post” to begin posting.

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Got a new riding mower? Moving into a condo? Send the old push mower to a new lawn through FreeCycle or Free ReCycling Cleveland. Credit: Halley from Boston

Free ReCycling Cleveland

To join Free ReCycling Cleveland:

  • Go to the Yahoo Groups FreeRecyclingCleveland website, click on Join This Group and follow the instructions.
  • Once you’ve joined, learn about the group: click on the Files link in the box on the left side of the web page. Read all the files — the documents aren’t long, and they’ll explain how your membership works.
  • Read some of the posts to see how members use the site.
  • Begin posting: “Offer” (what you want to give away) or “Wanted” (what you need). (Note that Free ReCycling Cleveland does not allow listing of pets.)

These sites are not intended as markets for buying and selling. For that, you have eBay,Craigslistamazon and the rest of the web.

Take a look a some more ways you can use FreeCycle and Free ReCycle Cleveland to simplify your life:

LegosEdit

You’ve stepped on the Legos barefoot for the last time — let FreeCycle and Free ReCycling Cleveland help you find the next victim. Credit: Priwo

LightFixtureEdit

Decided that Tiffany’s more your style? Brighten someone else’s life through FreeCycle or Free ReCycling Cleveland. Credit: Joe Mabel

RefrigeratorMagnetsEdit

Whether it’s the magnets or the refrigerator you want to get rid of, let the world know through FreeCycle or Free ReCycling Cleveland. Credit: Tweek

CatInCage

Find a new home for a pet carrier. And FreeCycle — but not Free ReCycling Cleveland — will help you find a home for the pet, too. Credit: Utente

DrumSetEdit

Finally ready to give up your musical dreams? Find a new home for that drum set on FreeCycle or Free ReCycling Cleveland. Credit: Manowarwarrior

Use FreeCycle and Free ReCycling Cleveland to help you keep it out of the landfill!

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Protect yourself from identity theft: Community Paper Shred Day, Saturday, April 20 at Mentor Library

On Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mentor Public Library invites Mentor residents and library patrons to bring documents to be shredded to the Main Library’s auxiliary parking lot at the corner of Mentor Avenue and Sharonlee Drive (map).

The library is hosting the Community Paper Shred event in partnership with XPress Shredding of Mentor, at no cost to the library or participants. The event will go on no matter the weather: rain or shine, or even snow.

Bring as many as five paper-storage boxes of documents (paper grocery bags are acceptable), which will be unloaded from your car (you don’t need to get out of your vehicle) and placed into locked bins and then into a secured truck attended at all times by XPress Shredding staff. The documents will then be taken to XPress Shredding’s facility to be thoroughly destroyed and, finally, recycled.

Paper Shredding

Protect your identity: shred your documents, and Keep Them Out of the Landfill.

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Shop recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale April 12–14

For quality home furnishings at a bargain price, shop at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale:

The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale driveway sign

Look for this sign at the driveway entrance to The Gathering Place Warehouse Sale.

  • Friday, April 12, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 14, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

The event will be held at The Gathering Place Warehouse, 4911 Commerce Parkway in Warrensville Heights (map) and features gently used donations from some of the region’s most generous contributors:

  • furniture
  • artwork
  • patio furniture
  • costume jewelry
  • home furnishings: linens, tableware, decorative items of all kinds

Prices for select items have been reduced 20 percent. Terms for all purchases are cash or credit card only.

Note: the sale is at the warehouse, not at The Gathering Place.

For a quick look at just some of what you might find at the sale, check out The Gathering Place photo gallery.

The Gathering Place Warehouse accepts gently used furniture and other household items for resale. If you have items that you would like to donate, please contact Outreach Coordinator Cheryl Apisdorf (216-595-9546 or apisdorf@touchedbycancer.org.)

Funds raised by The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale support the many free programs and services at The Gathering Place for individuals and families touched by cancer.

Shop recycled at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Clearance Sale: save money, take home beautiful things and keep fine home furnishings from going to waste.

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