Volume 9, Issue 72; 18 Jul 2006; last modified 08 Oct 2010

One person's trash is another person's treasure.

Got stuff you don't need, see if you can Freecycle it!

A couple of years ago, I replaced the exterior doors on our house. There was nothing particularly wrong with the old doors, they were just rather stark and utilitarian. We replaced them with more attractive doors with larger and more interesting windows.

That left me with two heavy, metal doors I didn't want. It didn't seem likely that I could sell them, but I hate taking perfectly useful items to the land fill. It's just stupid to pay money to bury useful objects in the ground. Stupid and ecologically irresponsible.

So they hung around in the basement, mocking me everytime I walked past them. Years passed and I was no nearer to disposing of them.

Then something reminded me about “freecycling” which I think I'd heard about once and then forgotten. So I found a local mailing list and offered the doors.

A couple of weeks later, they're out of my basement. I'm happy, The folks who carted them away are happy, and I haven't added anything to the landfill. Win. Win. Win.

And I'm still hoping someone will come and take the M+S P205/70R14 93S studded snow tires left over from my old truck.


I have discovered an alternative to Freecycle. I-recycle is not using the Yahoo platform.

—Posted by pine on 29 Dec 2006 @ 09:24 UTC #