The FullCircles Blog

Multi-contributor blog on the topic of reusing, freecycling… garbology in general.

Waste Reduction Week (Canada) 2014 – Oct 20-26, 2014

posted by Gub in Sustainability and have No Comments

Pop Up Repair

Interesting idea…

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Ottawa’s Spring 2014 RRFM Volunteer Sign Up Day



Sign Up Day

Date:       Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Time:       9:30am

Location: St. Margaret’s Anglican Church
Side door; 206 Montreal Rd, Vanier ON

Volunteer Sign up / Open Media Day

What is a really really free market (RRFM)?  An RRFM market is a place where anyone, for any reason, can drop off any good reusable stuff they don’t want and/or take good reusable stuff they do want.  Everything is FREE… like a big pop-up department store except absolutely everything is absolutely free.

This Saturday we are holding an open planning/briefing forum and volunteer sign up day for Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market (ORRFM).  The ORRFM event, run successfully spring and fall since 2010, has grown to the size where we have recognized the need to create an official committee to plan and run the events.

Our site is being re-organized.  We are sponsored by FullCircles, Ottawa’s premiere online Freecycling community, and supported by St. Margaret’s Anglican Church,, UsedOttawa, Desjardins Group and hope to welcome even more members from the local Ottawa Community.

We have reorganized and we need team leaders.  We are adding more professional elements to the event as well as receiving further support from the local Vanier Community.

We would like to invite all local media, residents and community associations to attend.  Host Kelly Ann Wilson from FullCircles Ottawa, founder of Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market, would like to welcome all who would like information and to explain the concept of sustainability and how Free Markets benefit many in the local community as well as the entire city.

Father William Farley from St. Margaret’s Anglican Church and Lisa Higgs from Used Ottawa will be available to answer any questions that anyone may have about the event.  Both Father Farley and Lisa have become involved in the success of the market and represent the hosting community as well as the over all residents of the city.

Our volunteer Coordinator Lisa Latulip will sign up volunteers and take your information or, if you are unable to attend the meeting, you can e-mail to sign up privately or receive more information.

We would like to introduce the RRFM concept to the community and to increase community awareness of the kinds of stuff that can be redirected via the market to reduce recycling impact, and to increase our community’s GNH index (Gross National Happiness).

Freecycling creates a fun world of opportunity.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Kelly Wilson

Team FullCircles Ottawa

Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market.

(613) 699-1713

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FullCircles Ottawa, largest, most active 24/7/365 freecycling venue in the
Ottawa / Eastern Ontario / Western Quebec region with 11,400 members.


posted by Gub in Freecycling and have No Comments

Buy Nothing Barrhaven

Have you heard of the BUY NOTHING phenomena that is sweeping communities across North America?  Started in the USA just months ago, Buy Nothing is now starting up in Canada.  Check out and join our local Buy Nothing Barrhaven group on Facebook. It has just started and is a terrific way to share goods and services for free. It’s a Facebook group, so you must be a member of FB. (Barrhaven residents only please. Buy Nothing is a network of hyper-local communities)


posted by Gub in Free Stuff,Freecycling and have No Comments

No Tree Hugging Required When You Buy Nothing!

Sustainability is creating a better lifestyle using the tools you have to provide the necessities. Just because its old to you, its new to me. If I can use it until its of no use anymore I just saved the world from the impact of recycling a perfectly usable item.

No item should be recycled if it has a use, a re-use or a way to re-direct or re-purpose it.




I’m Kelly and I live a sustainability lifestyle and that’s why I want you to understand that freecycling isn’t about the reason it’s about the positive impact.  There is no bad reason to freecycle.

Re-selling, re-purposing, re-directing or even profiting from items that have already been used is positive.  Is it rational to have to contribute to a tax base that makes you pay to dispose of items that can often be re-directed from both impacting the landfill as well as actual recycling impact?

I have been a facilitator with Full Circles Ottawa for almost 5 years. I own Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market. I admin on FREECYCLE Ottawa from behind the scenes and I teach everyone I meet how to live better without money.

I have been called everything from a beggar to a leach. I have been accused of being a dreaded reseller. Of profiting from donations, of cheating charity, of greed. To date no one has used the system as extensively as I have and I have proven that all of these accusations are ridiculous because I am one of the people unafraid to sell free.

I see nothing wrong with using what you call refuse to make my life better. I look forward to your trash and I ask when I truly need something and offer when I have unused items. I will drag home stuff to give away so that it won’t be wasted. That is called sustainability.

If you start a business, from the world of free comes opportunity. Why create debt when you can freecycle everything from a computer to a desk chair and the plastic you need to put the chair on.

Why pay a city to recycle what they get paid to sell after they charge you a processing fee? Why upgrade when you can use a device until it dies? Why purchase cheap products when there are better manufactured products that are more efficient and last longer?  Why throw out good food just because you don’t like it or won’t eat it? Why purchase from dollar stores when you can find much of what you need on the side of the road?

Why do you spend money? You spend money because that is what society wants you to do. Wouldn’t you rather have all that you need and spend your money on the things that bring you genuine comfort?

From Freecycling my next adventure is to BUY NOTHING…if you think that’s greed, watch what I save the world from over the next few projects…you might be surprised at what you can do to save money, save the planet, no matter the reason, when you buy nothing you save EVERYTHING!

It’s time to look at all that stuff and say NO!  I WILL BUY NOTHING!  Not when I can get it for the lower cost of free.  You just saved the world and no tree hugging was required.

Kelly Wilson
Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market
Full Circles Ottawa
via 45 Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market Group

posted by CheapChick in Environment,Freecycling and have No Comments

The Economics of freecycling…

Here’s a really simple example of freecycing in practice from the FREEcycle Ottawa Facebook page:

OFFER: 30+ moving boxes, various shapes and sizes. Must go by Wednesday!

30+ moving boxes… a simple transaction completed in 2 days.

  • 30+ boxes got one more use instead of ending up in the black box paper recycling.
  • Gisele Riendeau is a happy camper.  She got the boxes.  Probably saved some $$$.
  • Jess Marlow got the satisfaction of saving a fairly large quantity of cardboard from the black box.


But, nowhere in our community or national measurement systems does any of this count.  It ain’t GDP, but it is “waste reduction”.  Yet it seems obvious and intuitive that a community that practices freecycing and re-use is a better community.  How do we raise awareness levels when our actions don’t even register on our measurement systems.  What does the economist say about this?  Is it a valid concern that freecycling doesn’t “count”

Seems very useful to reflect on this as Waste Reduction Week 2013, Oct 21-27th approaches.

Eric “Gub” Snyder

posted by Gub in Community and have No Comments