Ketchikan Freecycle's Goal
is to slow the flow of trash into our landfills
Changing the world one gift
at a time
August 12, 2004
Ketchikan, Alaska - Based on the old adage that "one person's
trash is another person's treasure", the newly organized
Ketchikan Freecycle Network's goal is to slow the flow of trash
into our landfills by connecting people who want to get rid of
old "stuff" with those frugal people looking
for free "stuff". Ketchikan resident Shana Nielsen
established Ketchikan Freecycle in July 2004.
Announcing the launch of the
new online group and accompanying message board Wednesday, Nielsen
said anyone looking to give away or acquire an item is welcome
at Ketchikan Freecycle where all items listed are absolutely
free! Ketchikan Freecycle welcomes charitable organizations to
post their needs, giving confidence to a donor that the item
is actually needed locally.
Recognizing a good idea when they see one, Nielsen said the Ketchikan
Freecycle Network was inspired by and is modeled after
the Tucson Freecycle Network, founded in March 2003 and profiled
in the September 2003 issue of Utne magazine. Created by the
non-profit group "Downtown Don't Waste It", the Tucson
Freecycle Network has sparked a worldwide "freecycling"
revolution of over 50,000 people in more than 300
cities and several countries so far, with more added every day.
Nielsen say to see grassroots working at its best, visit the
"freecycling" movement web site Freecycle.
In a news release Nielsen said that according to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, Americans recycle approximately 28% of its
garbage, thus keeping 64 million tons of waste out of landfills
across the country. Nielsen said local Ketchikan area residents
are encouraged to join the Ketchikan Freecycle group and "freecycle"
their trash rather than just tossing it away to clog and
fill our landfill sites.
Ketchikan Freecycle is hosted on Yahoo!Groups. Signing up is
simple. Instructions are available on the Ketchikan
Freecycle web page.
Nielsen said, together, we can
raise awareness, reduce waste, and build a brighter tomorrow.
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