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Fairfield Freecycle

The Place to Buy, Sell, or Give Away Unwanted Items

by Dawn Ridgeway Bechtel

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Facebook's Fairfield Freecycle creator, Dawn Bechtel, shows Richelle Runyon some of the free frames and other free items listed on Fairfield Freecycle. Members can post items they would like to find new homes for instead of tossing them in the landfill. They may also post items they want to find.

In this age of going green, reducing energy use, recycling, and reducing waste, do you wonder if you are doing enough? I wanted to do something more, so about a year ago I created Fairfield Freecycle/Buycycle—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle on Facebook. My main goal was to keep as many items out of the landfills as possible. Today we have over 700 members listing items they will give away for free, items they want to sell, or items they’d like to find used instead of buying new.

Ever since I read Danny Seo’s book Heaven on Earth—15-minute Miracles to Change the World, I’ve wanted to implement them all and more. Our environment takes such good care of us and it’s important that we show our appreciation and take even better care of our environment.

We don’t have trash or recycling pick-up where I live in the county, so recycling is a must! When we have nice things that we no longer need, we don’t want to just toss them in the trash. I’d heard several of my friends from out of state talking about Freecycle but was unable to find one in our area. Frustrated, I decided to start one on Facebook and see what happened.

It is my hope that every item posted will soon find a new home. That everyone living in and around Fairfield with a Facebook account will want to be an active member, and those that don’t have a Facebook account will be asking their friends that do to list or find items for them.

Members have found new homes for toner cartridges, TVs, microwaves, swing sets, and more. Got some exercise equipment collecting dust? Several members of Fairfield Freecycle/Buycycle are interested.

In addition to posting items, Fairfield Freecycle/Buycycle also promotes fundraising and recycling efforts currently going on in the community, plus other resources for recycling like The Bargain Box, My Lucky Day, Agapeland’s Closet, Carly’s Closet, and Chickadees. Members can also find a complete list of items that can be recycled at Waste Management.

You know the old saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” and that is definitely the case at the Fairfield Freecycle/Buycycle. Check it out and feel good about keeping your unwanted possessions out of our landfills: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=85823588043&ref=ts

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written by Robert, February 12, 2013
i would like to join this group. I live in Fairfield and often find myself in need of some things and definitely have things that I may want to let go of.
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written by Marsha Leo, October 05, 2012
I would like to join free cycle again. I was on while on Foxfire, now on explorer. Thanks Marsha
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written by Dawn Ridgeway Bechtel, July 28, 2011
I'm sorry at this time the only way is thru facebook. I'm trying to start one in another format that might be more user friendly but I'm not there yet. In the event that I get there I will post here as well!
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written by George L. Moschkau, May 31, 2011
I don't like Facebook and I am not a member. Is there any other way to sign up?
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written by Rizo, February 20, 2011
I don't like Facebook. Is it possible to belong to Fairfield Freecycle without going to Facebook? I posted 1 comment so far abt wanting furniture & household items. I'm at MUM but live off campus.
Also, my class is going snowboarding/skating and other snow activities next week, and I need almost everything. I come from Brazil by the way of Los Angeles. This weather is scary to me...lol.
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