Don’t toss it, post it

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By The Staff

Doing some spring cleaning around the house and have some items that you no longer have a use for but are still in good shape? Instead of throwing them away, why not see if there are other members in the community who would be happy to take them off your hands.  

No, I am not saying you have to have a garage sale. Instead, use the wonderful online resource freecycle.org. Freecycle is free to all and allows community members to swap items in a cost and hassle free manner.  

Once you sign up, all you have to do is post an item and then wait for someone to respond and come pick it up.  

The Los Alamos Freecycle group has more than 800 members and most items are claimed within a couple hours of being posted. This free exchange of goods helps keep waste out of the landfill and enables Los Alamos residents to get usable items at no cost.  

Reducing the amount of waste we generate in Los Alamos County is even more important now that our local landfill is full.

With no space in the Los Alamos County landfill, we have to ship our waste to landfills in Rio Rancho and Los Lunas.

With the shipment of around three full semi trucks of trash per day, five days a week, an average of 210 miles roundtrip — the shipment of waste results in the usage of around 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.  

The burning of this diesel fuel results in the emissions of around 200 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents into the atmosphere per year.  This increased environmental impact magnifies the need for residents of Los Alamos County to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill.  By reusing items through Freecycle and local thrift shops, residents can help reduce waste and its negative environmental impacts.