The Freecycle Network is made up of 569 groups with over 3,000,000 members nationwide, which includes groups for Cheltenham and Gloucester. It is a movement with a vision to keep usable items out of landfills. Items are posted online and offered to members who can request to be gifted with that item for free.
Anything can be posted as long as it is free, legal and appropriate for all ages. To ‘OFFER’ something, the member emails the group and waits for responses. Once received, the member can then choose who gets the item, set up a collection time and marks their item as ‘TAKEN’. For group members looking for something in particular, they can post a ‘WANTED’ message.
Freecycle encourages the public to rid their homes of items and promotes community involvement through helping others. The goal of the site is to reduce consumerism and the need to manufacture goods, and ultimately lessen the waste impact on the earth.
The Cheltenham Freecycle page is run via Yahoo! Groups. To view posts, you must become a member and can join with the click of a button. After being set up in 2006, the group quickly proved popular, now receiving over 1000 messages every month. For further enquiries, use the email contact above to message the owner of Cheltenham Freecycle. The list below shows the contacts needed to use the network:
To post a message - firstname.lastname@example.org
To subscribe to the Freecycle newsletter - email@example.com
To unsubscribe to the newsletter - firstname.lastname@example.org