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.


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.


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


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


To join Freecycle:

  • Go to the group’s website,, 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.


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:


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


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


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


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


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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Cuyahoga County student photo contest: show the world how you reduce, reuse, recycle

Area students ages 6–18 are invited to enter the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District’s 3R’s Photo Contest.

Between now and the end of January, keep an eye out for a spontaneous recycling shot or plan a photo shoot related to the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. Grab a digital camera or cell phone, capture that great shot, add a clever caption and submit your entry to the Solid Waste District by Thursday, January 31, 2013.

"The 4 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Ruff" was one of the 2012 contest entries.

“The 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Ruff” was one of the 2012 contest entries. (photo credit: Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District)

For a look at some of last year’s entries, check out the Solid Waste District’s Flickr page.

The rules, in brief, are these:

  • Photos must be digital, 3 megapixels or larger.
  • Images must be high/print quality: minimum 2048 x 1536 resolution with 4-inch by 6-inch print (6 megapixel picture with resolution of 3072 x 2048 preferred).
  • Each entry must include the photographer’s name, address, school and age, and must include the photo caption.
  • Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, January 31, 2013.
  • All students ages 6–18 who are residents of Cuyahoga County or who attend school in Cuyahoga County are eligible to participate.

Complete contest rules and instructions for submitting photographs are available from the contest page on the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District web site.

Photos will be judged in four categories, by age:

  • 6–8 years old
  • 9–11 years old
  • 12–14 years old
  • 15–18 years old

Entries will be reviewed, and at least ten entries per age category will be posted to the Solid Waste District’s website or Flickr page to be available for voting. Prizes will include a poster of winning entries and other Earth Day or recycling themed items, and all participants will receive a certificate thanking them for participating.

Show us how you Keep It Out of the Landfill: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.