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Ottawa Freecycle - Earth Day 2007

Updated PPT of OFN for Earth Day, April 22, 2007

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Ottawa Freecycle - Earth Day 2007

  1. 1. Earth Day 2007 Ottawa Freecycle
  2. 2. FreeCycle… What is it?
  3. 3. Freecycle started in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in Tucson's downtown and help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills. Freecycle uses an online forum to ‘recycle’ (actually re-use…) unwanted items.
  4. 4. When you want to find a new home for something -- a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door, etc. -- you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of your Freecycle group(s).
  5. 5. Or, maybe you're looking for something yourself. Just answer a member's offer, and you might get it. It's up to the giver to decide who gets the ‘gift’, and to make pickup arrangements for passing on the treasure.
  6. 6. You have something you don’t want! Rather than trash it, or hide it away in a basement, garage or closet, you get rid of it by offering it on a Freecycle group! Give away, or ask for stuff. But, everything must be FREE !  It’s a simple concept…
  7. 7. <ul><li>April 20, 2007: </li></ul><ul><li>4,026 F reecycle c ommunities </li></ul>A few facts… <ul><li>3.4 million m embers </li></ul><ul><li>83 countries around our planet! </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>291 groups in Canada; 129 groups in Ontario; </li></ul><ul><li>24 in E Ont/W Que, including… </li></ul><ul><li>Ottawa- 8620 </li></ul><ul><li>Barrhaven- 847 </li></ul><ul><li>Kanata- 1571 </li></ul><ul><li>Glebe- 1372 </li></ul><ul><li>Manotick- 432 </li></ul><ul><li>Orleans- 1193 </li></ul><ul><li>Cumberland- 178 </li></ul><ul><li>Embrun-106 </li></ul><ul><li>Gatineau- 1236 </li></ul><ul><li>Chelsea- 197 </li></ul><ul><li>Glen Robertson- 55 </li></ul><ul><li>Stittsville- 612 </li></ul><ul><li>Ottawa Valley- 1499 </li></ul><ul><li>Kemptville- 387 </li></ul><ul><li>Winchester- 270 </li></ul><ul><li>Smiths Falls - 293 </li></ul><ul><li>Brockville- 542 </li></ul><ul><li>Cornwall- 826 </li></ul><ul><li>Cardinal- 61 </li></ul><ul><li>Morrisburg- 303 </li></ul><ul><li>Vankleek Hill- 225 </li></ul><ul><li>Clarence/Rockland-224 </li></ul>Updated: 2007-04-21
  9. 9. <ul><li>Freecycle makes a difference!! Worldwide…300 tons per day reused and / or diverted from landfills! </li></ul>A few more facts… <ul><li>26,000 items “freecycled” since 2004-02 130 TONS of “stuff”! </li></ul><ul><li>22 items change hands on Ottawa Freecycle daily </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>FREE, legal, & appropriate for all ages. </li></ul><ul><li>NO alcohol; tobacco, firearms; drugs (legal or otherwise). </li></ul>Rules
  11. 11. NO POLITICS, NO SPAM, NO MONEY, NO PERSONAL ATTACKS / RUDENESS Baddies are banned on Freecycle!! Etiquette - actively monitored!
  12. 12. Join a local Freecycle™ group
  13. 14. After you join… <ul><li>Tell us how you found us… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help us see what works; what doesn’t </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do it! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post an offer; bid on an offer; post a wanted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pay it Forward </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell 3 others about Freecycle </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Freecycler Jenn, kids & Freecycle “stuff” Children’s toys, clothing, etc. VERY popular on Freecycle!
  15. 16. Sample Freecycle posts OFFER: Building Stone (Glebe) OFFER: Girl’s 12 &quot;   bike (Orleans) … in good condition; needs new training wheels as one is worn clear through. OFFER : Toaster Oven (Sandy Hill) WANTED: Red Wrigglers…(Vanier)
  16. 17. Old candles you’ll never use? Freecycle ‘em!                                                                          
  17. 18. <ul><li>TD Friends of the Environment Foundation www. fef .ca </li></ul>Freecycle’s continuing growth in Eastern Ontario is made possible by the selfless volunteerism of a large number of moderators and supporters… And by generous financial support of contributions by: Sponsored by:
  18. 19. That’s it; that’s all folks!!! Freecycle Improving the planet, one gift at a time!