Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Freecycle? Unnecessary in Creekisan!

Perhaps you've heard of Freecycle. It's an organization/website where you can list items you no longer need but hate to throw away. Obviously this works the other way: If you're looking for an item, if you don't mind something used, you may find it listed on Freecycle in your area.

In Creekistan, all you have to do is put it near the road with a "Free" sign on it. It'll get picked up within an hour. I'm not kidding! When we were cleaning out the yard of junk, we found a truck cap, emptied it out of items and blue-tailed skinks and put it near the road with a large "FREE" sign. Within the hour, someone stopped and put it in their truck.

Today, I tested it again. We put out the "dogloo" igloo-style dog house that the Beast-in-Residence does not seem to like. It was exactly 4:00 pm. At 4:40, someone stopped and wanted to confirm that it really was free. Yep! They came back 10 minutes later with a bigger car and somehow got the thing into the back seat.

In a small way, we're doing our part to help reduce/reuse/recycle things. But quite possibly, we're just adding to the junk-filled yards of our neighbors. I just hope a dog really does end up calling the old dogloo "home."


Janet said...

Good for you! I bet that makes some dog really happy!

Anonymous said...

It's amazing what people will take if it is labeled "free". When we moved into our house they previous owners left behind a couple of outboard motors in scrap condition. We thought we'd put them out in the yard with the "free" sign because they weren't even worth taking to the dump. It took a couple of hours and they were gone.