Freecycling Round 2
Trash-for-treasure exchange set at Senior Center Aug. 25
Once again capitalizing on the "one-man's-trash-is-another-man's-treasure" philosophy, the Sunrise Rotary Club of Westerville has planned its second freecycling event.
It will take place next weekend, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25, in the parking lot of the Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St.
People can drop off any unwanted items from their homes and take away any of the other items that have been left.
"The intent is to keep things out of the landfill and find new life for things you don't have a use for," said Craig Watterson, chairman of Sunrise Rotary's Sustainability Committee.
The club held its first freecycling event in April.
It was inspired by similar events in other central Ohio communities, and despite rainy weather, Watterson said it attracted about 150 people and had about 700 square feet of display space filled with a rotating lineup of freecycled items.
"Those are things that would come and go, so it changed multiple times as things came and went," Watterson said. "We had a number of people come; lots of people found little treasures that they walked away with. Overall, I think it was successful."
The Rotary Sustainability Committee decided to host a second 2012 freecycling event because members believe potential demand exists for more than one a year. Holding it in late August is targeted at giving Otterbein University students moving to campus a chance to take advantage of the free items.
"I don't think a yearly timetable seemed appropriate to us,"Watterson said. "It seemed like that would be too long of a wait. It seems like twice a year is a schedule that made more sense."
Items that are left unclaimed at the end of the day are toted away by Goodwill, Watterson said.
He said the freecycling event and the club's Sustainability Committee itself are part of a Rotary International effort to support sustainability efforts.
"We really have more of a focus on sustainability and we hope to expand that to the community," he said. "Our intent is really to do something as a service for the community."
Items not welcome at the freecycling event include paint cans, corrosives, chemicals, anything flammable or toxic, broken glass or ceramic items, major kitchen appliances, mattresses and box springs or sofas.