Project Cleanup: Freecycle Is Your Friend

Since the last Project Cleanup post, I've thrown out another 10 garbage bags of stuff (with some family assistance) and cleared everything unwanted from my garage. But the biggest step forward has been disposing of an unwanted (and space-consuming) weights bench courtesy of Freecycle.

For those unfamiliar with Freecycle, it's a simple idea: an online forum (or more accurately, a series of regional forums) where you can give away stuff you don't want, but which other people might find useful, in your local area. Within 24 hours of listing the bench, I had around a dozen offers to take it off my hands, and a lot more garage space. It beats council cleanup any day, let me tell you, and there's a bunch more stuff I'll be redistributing via the same method.


    I'm desperate to offload some of my stuff - been trying to join Freecycle Sydney since 27th Dec. I've responded to the confirmation email, but am still not a member...very disappointing!!

      Hey Jezebel
      can you resend your location. You might have already received a request to resend it from me a few minutes ago

      We've had a large number of new members over the xmas break, and nearly 300 new messages in the last week alone

      Sorry for not seeing your reply... and thanks for letting us know though better to use the group's -owner email address to get us directly :) (someone else pointed me in the direction of your message here)

      Moderator Freecycle SydneyCentral

      Hi Jezebel,

      I am one of the owners of the BlacktownNSW Group,

      I am wondering which group you are trying to join.

      If you are within our area then you are more than welcome to joing our group.



    There's lots of FreeCycle areas in Sydney, also search for ReUseItNetwork as well - SydNorth and a few others groups have moved away from FreeCycle but offer exactly the same service - there was a car on a few weeks ago, it doesn't happen very often but it does happen.

    There are 166 Freecycle group Australia wide with over 135,096 members.
    If you want to get rid of your stuff and you don't want it to end up in the landfill then Freecycle is the place for you.

    Just go to to find your local group.

    Freecycle Mackay (North Queensland)

    I love freecycle! Have offloaded a heap of stuff, bikes, computers, couches etc... My house and life are uncluttered now and it feels great!

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