If you’ve ever thrown something away just because you had no use for it, you’re not alone. Each year, Austin landfills are filled with items that still work, but no longer serve a purpose for someone. It’s easy to do. After all, you don’t see where your trash goes after it leaves your driveway.
Unfortunately, trash doesn’t just disappear. It collects in landfills and can last for years. This is serious business because even though we are producing more trash in Austin each year, we have less space to build new landfills. Who wants a landfill next to their neighborhood?
A much better option is to offer the item to someone who could actually use it. This is called free-cycling. Free-cycling is a grassroots movement of people who reuse workable items by giving them away to people who need them. For example, if you have an old printer you don’t need anymore, you can post it on a free-cycle website and see if someone else could use it. You’d be surprised by how many people actually need certain items they cannot buy in the store any more.
The internet makes free-cycling easy for Austin residents. The original free-cycle website [LINK TO www.freecycle.org] works like a message board. You can browse the listings of items people are looking for and giving away. Best of all, it’s an easy way to help keep Austin green that doesn’t cost you anything.