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Last night I was pondering the problem of our naughty cat ripping open the bin bags and decided a bin was what I needed. A nice, sturdy bin. My first point of call for this kind of stuff is Freecycle (www.uk.freecycle.org). If you haven't been introduced, Freecycle is a mailing-list-based scheme for partnering people that want stuff but don't have it, and people that have stuff they don't want. The aim is to save all that stuff from the landfill; Freecycle call it 'Changing the world one gift at a time'

Simply post a message to the list (WANTED or OFFERED) and more often than not you'll find what you want, or someone to take something off your hands. I've managed to offload countless books, all our duplicate CDs (2x shoegazers get married = lots of radiohead), computer memory, a music keyboard, a bunch of old cycling gear... you name it, someone out there wants it. On the blagging side I've had a folding bike, a garden bench, a Schwinn MTB frame... and a bin. A new record: just 30 mins after posting I was the proud owner of a an East Staffordshire CC metal dustbin, complete with old skool lichen-covered black lid.

Visit www.uk.freecycle.org to find your nearest group. And remember to offer something before you get in there with your demands, it's only polite...

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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NickInBath [42 posts] 8 years ago
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Cannot endorse this highly enough! I won't bore you with my list of lost and found items on Freecycle but we'll just say "hamster cage" and leave it at that.

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TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 8 years ago
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I got rid of my old dishwasher through Freecycle. A foxy Latino woman came to pick it up and was so stoked that I was giving it away for free that she gave me a course of Salsa dancing lessons in return!

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amazon22 [268 posts] 8 years ago
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Downside is that, around here anyway, its used as a free source of products for car booters. Ok, the stuff is still reused, but its not really in the spirit of things.

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dave atkinson [6297 posts] 8 years ago
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amazon22 wrote:

Downside is that, around here anyway, its used as a free source of products for car booters.

Yeah, we get that a bit too but you can generally tell who really wants the stuff you've got. I always go through and check if anyone's posted a WANTED post for anything I put on

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Shaun Audane [137 posts] 8 years ago
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Oooh no, Now I've got the urge for a Kirk precision!  4

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dave atkinson [6297 posts] 8 years ago
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see if you can find one whose chainstay hasn't snapped... good luck with that  1

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Shaun Audane [137 posts] 8 years ago
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I saw one such beastie at the sprayers last week. They're one of those frames that are nice ornaments but I wouldn't pay good money for one-no matter how pretty!

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jezzzer [329 posts] 8 years ago
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a pedant writes:

I hope she was a Latina.