Goodwill Industries http://www.goodwill.org/ has been around a long time and for good reason. They get your no-longer-wanted stuff to those who really want it.
Listia http://www.listia.com/ is an auction site for free stuff. Think of it like a free eBay!
Don't throw ANYTHING away! Freecycle http://www.freecycle.com/is like Craigslist but everything is free!
A couple of more R's to expand the paradigm:
Rethink your purchasing habits
Refuse to make wasteful choices
Does anyone know how much land in the U.S. is dedicated to landfills?
Great question, Tiferet. I've done a bit of digging and it would appear that there's no formal way for states to report on how much land is actually used for landfills, although there is a count of the number of active municipal sites: 3581 (in 1996)! You can get more information (including some about industrial waste sites) here: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/landfill/sw_pubs.htm#reports.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Morone
Give your stuff away
Curb Day, May 16, 2009
Ok, your kids are grown. But why do you still have all those bikes, scooters, bats, balls, cribs, Barbie’s, and Batmen? Like many of us, you hang onto things that are no longed needed.
But now here’s an easy solution to our clutter that will also provide free items to others. It’s called Curb Day and it’s on Saturday, May 16th. If local ordinances permit, just bring your unneeded-but-still-valuable items to your curb for others to cart off. Please follow the guidelines below for what items are appropriate for Curb Day.
We don’t think many items will be left over after Curb Day weekend. But you should be prepared to remove or dispose of items that are not picked up.
And make sure you get out during that weekend – you might find a few items you or your family could use.
The key to success with Curb Day is nation-wide promotion. If everyone knows about it, it will be a safe and efficient way to transfer goods. We want to make it an annual or semi-annual event.
There are outlets for transferring items to others - goodwill stores, Freecycle, Craig’s List, and others. Curb Day will complement them by providing a super-easy, one-day, nation-wide event for the transfer of millions of goods.
• Obey local ordinances if they prohibit putting items at your curb
• Place ONLY the allowed items on your curb (see below)
• Do NOT place trash, dangerous, or illegal items on your curb (see below)
• Be careful driving that weekend - many drivers will be frequently stopping
This is great! I wanted to pass along what we have been doing in Tucson and around the country.
Refused Reused takes your unwanted broken furniture, makes the necessary repairs and then donates it to homeless shelters across the country. Have you ever thrown out a couch because it was old or had some ugly stains? Refused Reused collects the cushions from couches and sofas and after sterilizing the foam, allowing them to dry and adding new fabric, the cushions are then donated to animal shelters for dog and cat beds. Want to know more? Please visit
For those who missed the event, I would like to offer up another was to recycle unwanted items for both individuals and businesses. It is a site called, http://takemeimFREE.com The site is free to join, free to post on, and free to take from.