Freesharing.org is a world-wide organization dedicated to keeping usable stuff out of the landfills. Freesharing believes that when you are done using something, you should easily find someone to pass it on to.
The Michigan-based Freesharing groups from the Freesharing website are listed below. They are Yahoo groups. That means you register on Yahoo and then join the group (or groups) near where you live. Yahoo Freesharing groups operate like a bulletin board.
When someone has an item they want to get rid of, they post an Offer: message describing the item. When someone has an item they want to get, they post a Wanted: message describing the item. Members of the group read through the messages and email the person who has the item they want to get. Sometimes, the person making the offer receives multiple emails and then has to decide who will get the item. A pick-up time and location are arranged.
Occasionally, you will see a Spotted: message. A group member has seen something of some value at the curb and they are letting everyone know about it. If you happen to see the posting, happen to want the item, and happen to get their first, you get it.
To register on Yahoo, go to groups.yahoo.com. Click on Sign Up and follow the prompts. To join a group, go to their Yahoo page and click on the button Join This Group!
To find a group, enter the name of your town in the search box, or scroll through the following list from freesharing.org. When your membership is confirmed, spend some time learning the rules of the group for posting, especially what can and cannot be posted. For example, some groups don’t like it when someone gets something for free that they intent to sell or use in their business.
Freesharing takes time. You need to read the postings to find what you are looking for. You won’t always get what you want. The group will expect some give to go along with your take. But Freesharing is a great idea for your home economics and for the home planet.
Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor eCycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AnnArbor_eCycle/
Antrim County, Antrim County Recycling, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/antrimcountyrecycling/
Bay City, Bay City Recycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BayCityRecycle/
Belleville, Recyclers of Belleville, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_Belleville_MI/
Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Recycle, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/BeverlyHillsRecycle/
Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Hills Freecycle, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/BloomfieldHillsFreecycle/
Canton, Recyclers of Canton, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_Canton_Michigan/
Chelsea, Recycle Chelsea Recycle & Free Exchange, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chelsea_recycle/
Clarkston, Clarkston Recycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ClarkstonRecycle/
Coldwater, Coldwater eCycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/coldwater-ecycle/
Dearborn Dearborn Heights and Inkster, Recyclers of Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Inkster, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_Dearborn_Dbnhgts_InksterMI/
Detroit Metro Area, Metro Detroit Plant Exchange, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MetroDetroitPlantExchange/
Ferndale and Hazel Park, Recyclers of Ferndale and Hazel Park, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_Ferndale_HazelParkMI/
Flint, Flint Area FreeShare, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FlintareaFreeShare/
Genesee County, Genesee County Free Network, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GCFN/
Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Freecycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/grfreecycle/
Greater Oxford and Lake Orion, Recyclers of Greater Oxford and Lake Orion, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_greater_oxford_lakeorion/
Hillsdale, Hillsdale eCycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hillsdale-ecycle/
Holly, Holly Area Recycling, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Holly_AreaRecycling/
Huron County, Huron County FreeSharing, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HuronCountyFreeSharing/
Huron Township, Huron Township FreeShare, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HuronTownshipFreeShare/
Jackson, Jackson Free Exchange, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JacksonMIFreeExchange/
Kent City – Sparta Area, West Michigan Freedom Cycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/westmichiganfreedomcycle/
Lake Odessa, Lake Odessa Free Recyclers, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LAKEODESSAFREERECYCLERS/
Lansing, Mid Michigan ReUseIt Network, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mmfn/
Livonia and Redford, Recyclers of Livonia and Redford, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_Livonia_RedfordMI/
Macomb County, Macomb County Free Stuff, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/MacombCountyMiFreeStuff/
Madison Heights, Madison Heights Recycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MadisonHeightsRecycle/
Mid Michigan, Mid Michigan Free Network, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Mid-Mich_Free_Network/
Milford, Milford FreeShare, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Milford_MI_FreeShare/
Muskegon – Grand Haven Area, West Michigan FreeStuff, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WestMichiganFreeStuff/
Northville and Plymouth, Recyclers of Northville and Plymouth, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_Northville_Plymouth_MI/
Novi, Walled Lake and Wixom, Recyclers of Novi, Walled Lake and Wixom, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_Novi_WalledLake_WixomMI/
Oakland County, Oakland County Free Stuff, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/oakland_county_mi_free_stuff/
Pontiac, Pontiac Freecycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pontiacfreecycle/
Rochester Hills, Rochester Hills FreeShare, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RochesterHills_FreeShare/
Romeo, Romeo Area Free Share, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/romeomiareafreeshare/
Royal Oak and Clawson, Royal Oak Freeshare, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RoyalOakFreeshare/
Royal Oak, Berkley and Clawson, Recyclers of Royal Oak, Berkley and Clawson, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_RoyalOak_Berkley_Clawson/
Saginaw, Saginaw Recycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SaginawRecycle/
Saline Pittsfield, Saline Pittsfield Recycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SalinePittsfield_Recycle/
Southfield and Lathrup Village, Recyclers of Southfield and Lathrup Village, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_Southfield_Lathrupvillage/
St. Clair County, St. Clair County Free Recycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stclaircountymi_free_recycle/ Taylor, Recyclers of Taylor, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_Taylor_MI/
Troy, Recyclers of Troy, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_Troy_MI/
Warren, Warren Recycle, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WarrenRecycle/
Washtenaw & Wayne Counties, Washtenaw & Wayne Counties Recycle, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Washtenaw_Wayne_Recycle/
Waterford and White Lake ,Recyclers of Waterford and White Lake, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_waterford_whitelake_MI/
Wayne County, Wayne County Free Stuff, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/wayne_county_mi_free_stuff/
Westland Garden City and Wayne, Recyclers of Westland, GardenCity and Wayne, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Recyclers_of_westland_gardencity_wayne/
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