Responsibly Disposing of Our “Stuff”
I’ve been an ardent environmentalist since my early teens. I cycle, recycle, compost year round, have been a vegetarian for the last forty years, eschew plastic water bottles, love second hand shopping – you get the picture.
Not only do I help clients remove clutter and organize, I aim to get rid of unwanted items ecologically. These are sold, donated, or recycled. As a Montreal Professional Organizer, I work diligently to find homes for obscure items, at times via freecycle.org.
The Freecycle Network is a grassroots and entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) things for free in their own towns, thus keeping “good stuff” out of landfills. The Freecycle network is active in more than 110 countries, with over 9,162,823 million members, and is currently keeping over one thousand tons a day out of landfills.
As their website states, “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.”
It’s easy to set up a Freecycle account by going to their website (www.freecycle.org).You need to offer something before making any requests. The person receiving the item picks it up from you so there is no delivery involved. I have posted many items which clients were ready to toss. There have been eager takers for things like a 6 foot tall Bugs Bunny, old typewriter ribbons, a kid’s bike in need of some TLC, a broken wine cooler which the recipient easily fixed, house plants, and so much more.
It breaks my heart when I pass a lovely wooden bookshelf or sofa by the side of the road which, if not rescued, will end up in the landfill. I wish more people took the time to dispose of items by using Freecycle or Kijiji, or by asking their network if anyone would like what they no longer want.
I’ll be happy to help you declutter and organize when you’re ready – and you know whatever you are getting rid of will be disposed of in an ecological manner.