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Really Free Market Invites Community to ‘Freecycle’


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2010

Fairbanks, Alaska—Some local residents have clothing, outdoor equipment or appliances they no longer need. Some are looking for exercise equipment, a microwave, clothes or other treasures. The second annual University of Alaska Fairbanks Really Free Market meets the needs of both groups.

The UAF Really Free Market models other events gaining popularity across the country: Individuals drop off clean, safe, usable items to share with their neighbors. Anyone wanting such items can come pick them up. No bartering and no selling; it’s a free exchange.

Inspired by the turnout at the first event, market organizers opted to offer two events in 2010, set for May 22 and Aug. 14. Both events last from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donated items can be dropped off from 8 - 10 a.m. The market is open for browsing from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., all in the UAF Patty Center parking lot.

The market is gaining partners throughout Fairbanks, such as Interior Alaska GreenStar, a main sponsor of this year’s event. The May 22 market coincides with GreenStar’s annual Recycling Round-Up event, held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds parking lot. Similar to the market, the Round-Up promotes sustainability, aiming to recycle various products; garner donations of food, clothing, and good-condition building materials and appliances; dispose properly of hazardous waste; and safely recycle old electronics. Information is available at www.iagreenstar.org or 907-452-4152.

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