http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freecycleseekonkma/ is the site for offering free stuff to others to reuse, reduce, recycle and keep useful things out of landfills. You can also ask for things you are looking for that others may want to get rid of. It reaches a far wider audience than putting things out on the sidewalk, which works well around here except in bad weather. And everything asked for and offered must be FREE!
Here's their description:
Welcome to FreecycleSeekonk!! The concept is simple. You have an item you no longer need(a couch, bike)and want to recycle it rather than throw it away. Or you're looking for a specific item and you'd love to get it for free from someone who no longer wants it. You can post ads for items to give away and/or find. The only requirement, and best part, is that all transfers must be FREE.
With Freecycle you can help the environment by diverting useful items from landfills while helping members of our community. Please note we aren't about trading, bartering, borrowing, making announcements or selling things. We're a recycling group concerned with helping the environment.
We have guidelines YOU MUST FOLLOW to participate. You'll receive them in a Welcome Message when you join. A quick search of our archives (members only) will give you an idea of items exchanged and the type of ads accepted. Join us today! YOU MUST INCLUDE YOUR ZIP CODE in the comment section-don't forget!.
Remember: If you're not recycling you're throwing it all away!