Hi parents, what do you do with the junks you cleaned out during spring cleaning? Or the old pair of jeans that no longer fits? Or the pet rabbit which no one has time for? Instead of throwing them away, or selling them for a few lousy bucks to a karang guni man (he probably wouldn’t take that rabbit anyway), you could consider offering them to the Freecycle group!
The Freecycle Network was originated in the US, and a local chapter had started several years ago. Its mission, as taken from the official site http://www.freecycle.org, 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”.
How this work is simple. When you become a member (like all items being offered in the group, membership is free!), you will be able to post a message offering, say, that pet rabbit. If someone is interested in that rabbit, he can then send you a reply asking for it. You can then make arrangement for him to collect the rabbit at a time and location to your convenience (after all, you are giving away the rabbit FREE). So in the end, you would have found your ex-pet rabbit a new, loving home, and also reduced the number of stray rabbits on the street.
Personally, I had recycled some books; baby shoes; non-working micro hifi (which the recipient managed to fix); computer speakers; printer ink cartridges; and NDP fun pack items. I was also able to receive kindergarten uniform for DD; used but new-looking clothes for DS; movie DVD; and several rolls of gift wrapping papers. As you can see, pretty much anything can be recycled and be given a new lease of life.