Fighting for freerecyling

My Freecycle continues to takes on Alnwick

The Alnwick Freecycle (UK) groups seems to have been converted over to My Freecycle.  This event seems extraordinary since the Uk Mods have stipulated that there should be no further changes to UK groups.  However the US heirarchy are blatantly ignoring such requests, and just getting on with doing what they know to do.  Steamroller over everyone.


July 23, 2009 - Posted by | freecycle


  1. I think you’ll find that Alnwick withdrew themselves from TFN and no doubt TFN have activated the MyFreecycle group.

    Comment by Deron Who | July 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Can you please tell my WHY freecycle groups have left the organisation. The most I can make out is that it was “owned” by an American group, who made the rules. Now the rules appear to me not to have changed at all, so why has British freecycling had to leave?

    Comment by carol | October 4, 2009 | Reply

    • Carol,
      A good question. When TFN first set about developing and promoting MyFreecycle they said that any group that moved over would be able to come back. They have since changed that policy. There are other ways in which TFN are actively forcing groups onto MyFreecycle, despite local wishes. This is one thing that is causing strife.

      Looking back over time also TFN has had a history of attempting to control a grassroots collective as if he is running a global organisation such as MacDonalds. What freecycling groups are more like is a movement of people interested in similar ideals but with a lot of local autonomy.

      Thus there is conflict. The UK arm of TFN thought it could work from within and worked hard to negotiate. The head of the organisation, Deron Beal, instead of negotiating simply replaced the UK leadership and ousted them wholesale from TFN, with no thanks for past efforts.

      There are other important details but hope that helps give some colour.


      Comment by andyswarbs | October 4, 2009 | Reply

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