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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB)- Next time you're thinking about throwing away that old chair, why not Freecycle it? Freecycle is a non-profit organization with more than eight million members world-wide.

It's used as a resource to keep the landfills around as long as possible. It's a program designed to help you give and receive free-stuff online. You go to the website and post things you want to get rid of. And you choose who you want the items to go to.

Your trash could be someone else's treasure, and while you're at it, you can help save the environment."The purpose is to help prevent things from going in the landfill that may still be useable by people," said Co-moderator of Dougherty County Freecycle Deborah Smith.

She uses it on the regular. "I think it's very important. I myself have given away a washer, and dryer that were broken. Otherwise they would've gone to the landfill," said Smith. 

"We need to be vigilant about protecting those resources and saving our landfill," said Keep Albany Beautiful Director Judy Bowles. Saving the landfill is it's all about. Anybody wanting to get rid of items not being used should go to Freecycle.org.

After being accepted into the yahoo group, other members can see postings and come get your gently used items. "Another couple was just starting out sleeping on the floor with blankets. They were thrilled and came and got my old mattress," said Smith.

She received a pillow top mattress from freecycle. It couldn't have come at a better time. "Wherever they were moving was smaller, and he didn't need it anymore. He posted it, and I came and got it. He said it's only been slept on twice," said Smith.

This resource is more about giving than receiving. "It needs to be balanced . We do have people who join and just want a lot of free stuff," said Smith. 

You're only allowed one request every 30 days. So another man's trash is another man's treasure. From shelves, to furniture and even cappuccino makers, you can find just about whatever your looking for.

In the Dougherty county area, over 600 members are already  signed up. Membership is free and everything on the site is free.

To view items in your area you must be registered with the site. Visit freecycle for more information about the website.

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