Mt. Airy “Freecycler” finds treasures in trash


Freecycling: An idea to make giving and getting easier while reducing the amount of waste.

Northwest Philly Freecycle is part of the larger citywide network called Philly FreeCycle. Through this group members can give away old stuff and take whatever is currently being offered.

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The array of things given away in the groups varies from baby clothes to furniture to even something like a turkey carcass.

Mt. Airy resident Sarah Mabel Hough, an English major at Temple University has been an active member of NW Philly Freecycle group for more than two years.

“It sounds easier to throw things away, but using the freecycle group is simple, fast and gratifying”. Her experience using the group inspired her to write an article for in hopes of spreading the word and encouraging more people to connect with their community

Hough says the Freecycle movement began with Deron Beal of Tucson, Arizona. In 2003 he created The Freecycle Network, a nonprofit organization, which has helped spread the idea throughout the U.S. and other countries.

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