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Freecycle is nearing its third anniversary in Corvallis, but the organization has nothing to do with a bicycle event.

The Corvallis group of the Freecycle Network has nearly 1,000 users who post online when they have an item they want to give away or when they are seeking something they need but cannot afford to buy retail.

Christine Dashiell started the local group, and she is its moderator, meaning that she attempts to ensure that the site is posting legitimate offers. People need to join to participate.

Freecycle’s main aim: “It’s just keeping items out of the landfill — and changing the world through that,” she said.

Dashiell, who is a freelance Japanese translator, said the Corvallis group sees an average of 20 posts a week. Dashiell said furniture is among the more common items on the local Freecycle group’s page, but she’s seen items as diverse as firewood and dog treats. She’s also given away such things as cribs and diapers.

A peek at the website Tuesday showed that someone wants an elliptical machine, someone else is offering an electric organ and someone is looking for a cage suitable for a rabbit or ferret, to name a few free offerings and wishes.

Dashiell said she first found out about Freecycle when she lived in Santa Monica, Calif. When she moved to Corvallis, she was surprised that it did not have its own Freecycle group, so she started one. Joining is free, and the website for accessing the Corvallis group is www.freecycle.org.

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