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Making it work for you: Waste Reduction & Recycling Community Model

Keep useful items out of the landfill with FREECYCLE

The Freecycle Network™ provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to "recycle" unwanted items. When you want to find a new home for something -- whether it's a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door -- you simply send an email offering it to members of your local Freecycle group. Or, maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member's offer, and you just might get it! Our main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

The Freecycle Network™ started in Tucson, Arizona in 2003 and has since spread to over 75 countries, where there are thousands of local groups representing millions of members -- people helping people and "changing the world one gift at a time." As a result, Freecycle is currently keeping over 300 tons a day out of landfills! This amounts to four times the height of Mt. Everest in the past year alone, when stacked in garbage trucks!

Freecycle’s mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.

By giving freely with no strings attached, members of The Freecycle Network™ help instill a sense of generosity of spirit as they strengthen local community ties and promote environmental sustainability and reuse. People from all walks of life have joined together to turn trash into treasure. As we further develop community reuse and recycling globally on a local scale, we are creating a global gift economy in the process. Simply beautiful how one can change the world, one gift at a time.

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Learn from more Community Models


Education and Resources

Tucson Clean and Beautiful Recycling and Reuse Directory

Tucson Recycles
 (City recycling program)

Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program

Global Recycling Network

An electronic information exchange that specializes in the trade of recyclables reclaimed in Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) streams, as well as the marketing of eco-friendly products.

Recycle Arizona
This website provides valuable information on recycling (and also solar power) in Arizona as well general recycling information.

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Community Partners

Tucson Clean and Beautiful
The purpose of Tucson Clean & Beautiful, Inc., a non-profit organization, is to preserve and improve our environment, conserve natural resources, and enhance the quality of life in the City of Tucson and eastern Pima County.

RISE Equipment Recycling Center
RISE recycles and refurbishes computers and other goods.  RISE donates or sells the equipment at a reduced price to non-profit organizations, their clients, and low income families and children.

BICAS (Bicycle Inter-City Art and Salvage)

Through advocacy and recycling of the bicycle, our mission is to promote education, art and a healthy environment, while providing services and opportunity to those in need.

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