Here's the basic information you need to know about Freecycle.
What is Freecycle?
Freecycle (officially known as The Freecycle Network) is made up of thousands of members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free.
Freecycle groups operate in specific own towns or areas - so it's local as well as global.
What does it do?
It's simple: it keeps physical items out of landfill by no-strings-attached gifts.
Who runs it?
Each local group is run by one or more moderators. These are volunteers who give up time to help run groups - they're not paid.
There's also an organisation in the background, made up almost exclusively of volunteers, but that's not discussed in detail here. If you want to find out more, click here.
Does it cost anything?
No, it's 'absolutely free. It's free to join, it's free to post messages, and everything offered on Freecycle must be free too.
Are there any risks?
There's a common sense disclaimer:
FREECYCLE™ MEMBERS USE FREECYCLE GROUPS AT THEIR OWN RISK. Please take reasonable measures to protect your safety and privacy when posting to group lists or when completing a direct gifting with another member. By joining a Freecycle list, you agree to hold neither list owners and moderators, nor anyone affiliated with The Freecycle Network responsible or liable for any circumstance resulting from a Freecycle-related gifting or communication.
Ok, how do I sign up?
See How To Sign Up.