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Topic: Free-Cycle = Theft
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Curtis Citulsky

3/29/2010 4:37:14 PM
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Free-Cycle = Theft

I was at our local garbage dump today and was poking thru the metals pile with somthing in mind when a yard worker informed me that I could not take anything from the site even if it can be put to use. Not only that but he told me that if caught I could be charged with theft. Long story short I didn't find what I was looking for and couldn't take it if I did. Maybe I'm the crazy one but I think it's wrong that people who care about the earth and all who inhabit it have to hide in the shadows on what apears to be the wrong side of the law.  
Please call your city councelor and tell them to Free the free-cyclers

Gohi juhrade

3/29/2010 4:52:43 PM
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Sometimes they are forced to destory perfectly fine objects and appliances.  
Its part of this disgusting consumer culture we live in.  
Edited by Gohi juhrade, 2010-03-29 16:53:03


3/29/2010 5:21:44 PM
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Dec 2007
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I bet there's some liability issues there. Safety concerns, poisons, dangerous items -- the city does not want to be sued.  
Although I agree with you, the city does not.  
Wanna join the Brandon Freecycling network? YahooGroups, freecycleBrandonMB.  
Would be awesome if the classifieds here had a FREE section as well, perhaps there needs to be more voices.

Doreen Winona Logeot

3/29/2010 5:35:42 PM
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... on second thought ...

Edited by Doreen Winona Logeot, 2010-03-29 17:50:51


3/29/2010 5:36:57 PM
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free section

Ooooo...I like the sound of a free section on eBrandon's classifieds!  

Curtis Citulsky

3/29/2010 6:06:12 PM
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I would love to join

Please post the website.  

Doreen Winona Logeot

3/29/2010 6:25:55 PM
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3/29/2010 6:49:41 PM
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"Freebie bin"

Having a list of Free items is probably the most asked-for feature in the classifieds.... with that in mind I'm hoping to start work tomorrow on a "Freebie bin" for the classifieds tomorrow in the same spirit as the "bargain bin." Stay tuned..

mrs luzhnee

3/29/2010 7:42:58 PM
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Jun 2009
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Too bad

the City couldn't think up something like this:


3/30/2010 7:54:30 AM
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junk raiders

I hope my rural 'landfill' doesn't go that route. I am a 'Junk Raider' , have pick up doors ( a PVC door , frame with sidelights and scroll design glass I used on my brothers porch) old windows installed in my shop, enough 1 1/2" styrafoam to line the bottom perimeter of my shop as well as cut off's to burn in my fireplace ect.I built many items from metal found here (ie. garden carts & railings.) There is too much destined to trash that can be recycled and re used.


3/30/2010 7:56:36 AM
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Sep 2008
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Free Cycle Stuff

Maybe Brandon should take a look at other major sities that offer curbside recylce freebies. Any household items no longer needed are placed on the curbside one night a week. Free for the taking. Couldn't believe the people that drove by and packed the stuff up in vehicles, trucks.There were desks, dressers, appliances. Anything left after 24 hrs is picked up by the city and taken to the landfill site, some people also take their own stuff off the curb the next day too if it is not gone. Brandon could definetly use this type of service.  
Edited by Sunshiny Days, 2010-03-30 08:00:51


3/30/2010 8:08:16 AM
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Garbage Picker

One man's trash is another man's treasure....


3/30/2010 8:22:06 AM
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While I agree that the city probably has liability issues I also see another reason. The shape people leave the area in after they are picking through the stuff.  
I have seen tight piles of crap spread all all over the place after some people have finished looking for what they want. it makes work for somebody else. I as a tax payer should not have to pay someone twice to clean up the pile nor the fuel for the front end loader a second/third/fourth/etc time.  
Some may argue that with the equipment they have there that is not a issue. It probably is if you work there and its every work day times forever.  

TV Gal

3/30/2010 8:37:38 AM
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Oct 2009
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How many of these 'free-recyclers' are just hoarders? I would hate it if the city implemented a leave it on the curbside and hope someone wants it plan. If it is not broken, overly soiled and is still useable donate it to the refit store where the monies goes to building houses in our commnunity and doesn't junk up our already junky (ahem with garbage bins) lanes and streets.  
Correct me if I'm wrong but the monies that are generated from recycling go to pay for general garbage pick-up. So if you take those items it is in effect stealing.


3/30/2010 8:52:49 AM
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free is good....

but, when i use to visit family in Alberta they had (in their once, but not anymore, small town) what was called a "put'n'take" at the local recycling centre. People would bring all their recyclables down and anything they thought was reusable (furniture, books, electronics etc...) would be dropped off at the put'n'take. It shut down a few years back because.... people would drop off garbage (food garbage, not as in one man's junk is another man's treasure) and on Sunday mornings people would park at the put'n'take waiting for the spoils of the weekend yardsales, nothing wrong with that except if you arrived with a car load of stuff you would be swarmed, seriously, and if you managed to get your stuff out of the car people would dump any boxes looking for their treasures, so it became a mess and a hazzards (broken glass, dishes, etc...)  
I was a big fan of the put'n'take and am a big fan of free and recycling and reusing and junk and stuff and have heard of and like the idea of putting out items curbside say... once every month or two. I'm sure there will be problems (vandalism springs to mind, stuff strewn throughout the streets, ocassional scuffles) but I know it has worked in many cities.  
and bring on the freebie section.....  


3/30/2010 9:13:15 AM
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Their reason is...

Liability of course. You could injure yourself, or their could be toxins etc... They just dont want that lawsuit. I can understand both side of this. Thats why you find dumps that you can dig through, hehe.

Tom Keep

3/30/2010 10:38:11 AM
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Jun 2005
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City of Brandon

Through the Environment Committee we are working on providing a "Free 2 U Weekend" where people will be able to recycle their unwanted items to those wanting them. Those items that are not taken will still be the responsibility of the person trying to pass them on to others. For those items that are not taken such as furniture, appliances, etc the city does offer a pickup service for a small fee per item taken.  
The City of Brandon works under a permit with the Province of Manitoba restricting on the day to day operations and it is felt that to restrict scavengers it is in all peoples best interest that these restrictions continue  
The Environment Committee has looked at supporting recycling of bicycle parts and are waiting for the group to follow-up on this initiative.  
The landfill does take dangerous materials such as asbestos, dutch elm diseased tree's, contaminated soils and many unknown substances that are dangerous. The City of Brandon does sell many items to recycling such as metals, wood grindings, plastics, aluminum cans and many other items as a revenue source to offset some of the costs of operating the landfill. In addition for the safety of the public and to the safe operation of the landfill it is necessary for the operators of the heavy equipment to be able to operate in a safe manner without people scavenging items.  

Two wheeler

3/30/2010 12:50:53 PM
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Mar 2009
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Brandon is off the track once again....!

... and that's another reason why I'm moving out of this area without looking back. They don't want to think greener for the future?? Well "bye! bye!"

Ian Desender

3/30/2010 12:58:42 PM
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Mar 2010
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Back at home,

in Manitou Manitoba, we were allowed to take things from the dump. We all thought that it was a way of recycling the dump in some sort of way. My mom found a dryer that got thrown out and found out that it was missing some sort of timing system that only costed $20. Basically, we got a dryer for $20 instead of paying a fortune for a new one.


3/30/2010 1:09:13 PM
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Mar 2010
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whats someones garbage is someones value. it does suck that something that is perfectly fine can't be used. FREE (i think everyone loves that word)


3/30/2010 2:16:03 PM
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most city dumps are like this...I particularly find it funny in the Moose Jaw dump there is a sign that says "do not remove items from the landfill" right beside the sign that says "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" Ironic.  
I can't remember which town it is but somewhere in ontario everyone sets their garbage out the day before pick up and its free game for everyone. Interesting idea.  
Back in my hometown in Saskatchewan if you have something that could be useful you just put it at the end of your lawn driveway with a free sign...most things only last a few hours


3/30/2010 3:37:51 PM
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Jan 2010
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Love the idea

Of freecycle... never heard of it, tons of my stuff im just too bothered to take it to a thrift shop or donate it to needy people or have a garage sale is such a hassel. I just rather someone come over and take it just take it all! lol


3/30/2010 3:45:11 PM
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Dec 2006
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Shoal Lake

had a "free" area near the dump office where you could drop off or take items and blue bin recycling is mandetory.


3/30/2010 4:52:43 PM
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Aug 2009
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Free 2 U

I have picked up many useful items from the dump, an air compressor, a dryer, a beautiful old cupboard.  
Love the Free listings.  

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