How do I invite people to trash nothing?
Simply tell them to visit trashnothing.com to sign up (or install the trash nothing app from the app store).
Telling your friends, family and co-workers about trash nothing is the best way to help your local groups grow and help keep more stuff out of the landfills.
If you have a bit more time, you can post flyers or reach out to local organizations and ask them to help spread the word. Find out more ways you can help (and get a copy the flyer) on the Volunteer page.
How do I volunteer?
You can learn about different volunteer opportunities on the volunteer page.
Is there a mobile app?
The web app is updated more frequently than the other apps and some people find that the web app works better than the native app (plus, you can bookmark the web app to your home screen to make it work more like a native app).
Is trash nothing free to use?
Yep, we show ads on the site to cover our costs so you don't have to pay anything to use trash nothing.
If you'd like to help keep trash nothing running smoothly and support the ongoing development of the site, you can make a contribution.
What are the rules and guidelines?
Only posts that are giving away or requesting free, legal and family-friendly items are allowed. Members are expected to always be respectful and polite when posting and communicating with other members.
In more detail, the following are not allowed in posts or in messages to other members:
- No buying, selling, trading, bartering or requesting money
- No alcohol, tobacco, weapons or prescription drugs
- No services or jobs
- No promotions or advertising
- No real estate, rentals or housing
- No coupons or vouchers
- No spamming
Certain rules can vary from group to group depending on the volunteer moderators who run each group.
For example, most groups don't allow posting animals or pets and don't allow requests to borrow items but some groups do.
And rules on how often posts can be reposted vary from group to group. With most groups, you can repost Offers after a few days and Requests after a couple weeks.
If you have a question about your local groups' rules, please contact the moderators.
If a post is breaking a rule, please report the post.
If another member has broken a rule, please report the member.
What is freecycling and how does it work?
The idea of freecycling is to promote the three R's (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) by making it easy for people to give away their unwanted but reusable items to people who can use them.
And the way it works is that there are thousands of locally run, grassroots freecycling groups around the world. Once you find and join your local groups, you can post 'Offers' for items you want to give away, or 'Requests' for items you need (as long as you follow some basic rules shown below).
For example, here is how offering an item works:
- You have a bike you don't need and you want to dispose of it.
- Instead of throwing it away, you join your local freecycling group.
- You then submit an 'Offer' post to the group that describes your bike and your general location and your post will be sent to all the members of the group.
- Group members interested in your bike will reply to your post to contact you privately.
- You choose which person you would like to give the bike to.
- Between the two of you, you arrange a time and place for them to come and pick up the bike.
- Your bike is picked up.
- You let everyone on your local group know that the bike is no longer available by marking your 'Offer' post as gifted.
- You've given away your bike with little effort to someone who can use it, met someone new from your community and kept something out of the landfill. Great for you and the planet!
Similarly, when you need an item you can create a new 'Request' post and if someone has what you need, they will contact you to offer it.
What You Can Find
You can give and get almost anything on your local freecycling group. Some of the most common posts are for items such as old electronics, building materials, clothes and books.
Even things you might not consider reusable like cloth scraps, scratched CDs and broken appliances sometimes find homes with artists looking for materials or tinkerers looking for an interesting project or spare parts. Items you offer aren't expected to be in perfect condition as long as you accurately describe their condition when you offer them.
So next time you're cleaning out the garage, moving to a new place or about to throw something away, don't forget that someone on your local freecycling group might be able to use your unwanted stuff.
When posting to your local freecycling group, you must follow these rules:
- Groups are only used for offering and requesting free items.
- No selling, trading or spamming is allowed.
- No chatting (some groups have separate cafe groups for chatting)
- Be respectful and polite
- Nothing illegal should be posted (no drugs, weapons, etc.)
- All items posted should be appropriate for all ages.
Individual groups often have additional rules. The rules are enforced by the volunteer moderators who manage the group and each group has different moderators. If you have questions about a group's rules, you can contact the moderators.
What's the difference between freecycle and trash nothing?
The trash nothing site is simply an alternate interface for existing freecycle groups around the world. The site was designed to make freecycling easier and solve a lot of the problems that the existing groups had from using Yahoo Groups (such as spam and email overload among other things).
Since freecycling began over a decade ago on Yahoo Groups, freecycling has spread to many new sites, groups and apps. Currently trash nothing supports the original Freecycle, Full Circles and ReUseIt groups on Yahoo Groups, Freegle groups, and groups powered by trash nothing. We're always open to add support for new groups and sites when possible but sadly many of the other sites don't have the features necessary for trash nothing to access their groups.