The Freecycle Network is made up of 5,152 groups with 7,890,285 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills. Currently, the Hardwick Freecycle group consists of 472 members that include the towns of Hardwick, Barre, New Braintree, Oakham and Petersham.
The planet benefits when you choose to ditch the dumpster and donate your items. Since 2012, donations have helped keep billions of pounds of clothing and household items out of landfills. Money spent shopping at Goodwill Industry Stores create opportunities for individuals in your community looking to find a job and build skills, including veterans and military families, single mothers and many others.
The Reuse Marketplace is a free regional network to find, sell, trade, or give away reusable and surplus items that would otherwise be disposed as trash.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.