New Internet Fad: Your Trash is Someone’s Treasure

Perhaps you’ve heard of this unique way to keep tons of stuff out of landfills. If not, read on. This was on my local news, but it is going on worldwide.

The way it works is you join a local Yahoo Group in your area that has listings for things people no longer want or need. You make arrangements to pick up the item or let the person in need know where you can meet them for the giveaway. There are posts both for wanted and items to give away.

You can follow the link at the end of this article to the Website and once there click on search for groups in your area to join. The site is quite user friendly and has a F.A.Q. page and lots of other information about the program and how it works.

They are boasting the network is made up of 4,616 groups with 5,918,000 members around the globe. Each group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free which meets all my guidelines. This concept has spread to over 75 countries with thousands of groups and millions of members. They report they are keeping over 300 tons a day out of landfills.

You can get rid of, or be in need, a goat, piano, flower bulbs, satin dress, grapes and just about anything as chances are your neighbor has or wants it.

For me, as for a lot of other people in this new age of money crises, I find this concept appealing. It is a way to get things for free that others no longer need or want and help the environment at the same time.

One lady said she wanted to get rid of her entire house of furniture as she was getting new things. Another lady said she got a nice refrigerator.

That old saying, “Your trash is another persons treasure” certainly holds true here.

The best part is the groups are free to join and use. Each group has its rules you must follow and they take steps to guard members from spamers .

To find out more, click on the link to go to the web site and read how it works. Then if you like the idea, you can search for groups in your area or start up your own.

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