Fighting for freerecyling

An open letter from UK Freecycle

The following open letter comes from one member of the entire UK Freecycle admin team.  As of now there is no admin team for UK freecycling – they have all resigned.

“This is just to inform you all that I have resigned my position as Lead NGA and
as Membership Moderator of the UK MS.

The reasons I have cited relate to the forcing of new groups onto My
Freecycle, the increasingly autocratic behaviour of TFN management and
their disregard for the wishes of local groups operating in local
communities, the use of confidentiality clauses which are not binding as they
need the agreement of people to respect them rather than trying to impose them
as an afterthought, and their increased use of moderation on UK MS prior to
anyone doing anything wrong.

Having been fighting behind the scenes on many of these issues for some time,
I’ve now lost the will to continue. Freecycle now is not the organisation I
joined and there are no signs that it is going to change anytime soon. If
anything, things are getting worse.

If Freecycle ever returns to what it started out as, that is a grass
roots movement under an umbrella name with the sole aim of saving the
planet’s resources through the delaying of items ending up in landfill, then I
will be more than happy to step forward again and help with the aims.

Until then, I shall concentrate on moderating my own group for my own
local community.

Jacqui Houlding
Ex Lead New Group Approver
Ex Membership Moderator UK MS

. . . feel free to forward wherever if you want to. Nothing secret here.


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  1. A large group Leicester Freecycle as gone local its now called Realcycle. However, how will new members learn about its existence if there is new group called Leicester Freecycle. Freecycle try to blame the local owner from taking it offline but all he has done is change the name? People dont know the full background about Freecycle.

    best wishes tony walker

    Comment by tony walker | August 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. There’s always a petty Hitler or Napoleon involved in these situations who just has to impose his/her will on others who just want to have a simple, uncomplicated life. But, oh no, these jobsworths just have to stick their oar in and ruin what was once good. A bit like the way eBay has been going recently. Will anyone save us from them!

    Comment by Ian Dickson | September 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. its a shame only heard of this freecycle and its seems there’s a little dictator running or is it ruining the company…insteed of resigning could you not of called an A.g.m….to sort the problem out.
    david mcveigh
    the curtain fabric warehouse leeds

    Comment by david mcveigh | November 27, 2009 | Reply

  4. none of the freecycle groups in leicester is affiliated to the american freecycle they disconnected earlier in the autumn /late summer

    Comment by tony walker | November 27, 2009 | Reply

  5. i think thjat was a good post

    Comment by Conust | September 2, 2010 | Reply

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