‘Free’ Piles Are A Pseudo-Legitimate Way Of Littering, And Since There Are Alternatives, You Have No Excuse

Friday, May 17, 2013

How NOTARCATA – What happens after you start a “free” pile? Sure, some people might come by and be excited to pick up a free pair of shoes.

But what happens to all the items that are left? Free piles cost the City, the environment and ultimately the community money. It is a widely accepted form of littering.

The City of Arcata has compiled a great list of for profit and nonprofit entities that reuse, recycle and consign you materials. This list can be found on the City of Arcata website or at scraphumboldt.wordpress.com/resources.

SCRAP Humboldt is participating in HSU’s Donation Dash where three other non-profit thrift stores will be collecting materials on campus. This HSU project helps support local commmunity non profits by making it easy for students and their families to make tax-deductible donations of their old goods. SCRAP Humboldt collects office, artist, and other materials for their Creative Reuse Center located at 101 H street (on the magical corner of G and H streets). A complete list of accepted materials can be found at scraphumboldt.org. 

SCRAP Humboldt is open Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students can also donate during the Donation Dash at the College Creek Site Saturday May 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

8 Responses to “‘Free’ Piles Are A Pseudo-Legitimate Way Of Littering, And Since There Are Alternatives, You Have No Excuse”

  1. Scott Binder

    You can also use Humboldt Freecycle to get rid of usable items.


  2. Katherine Fish Lee

    Eco-Groovy takes stuff. And the "free" piles of crap that the students leave disgust me no end. Grow up, you filthy turds.

  3. James Achterberg

    AND receive hundreds of emails while you're at it!

  4. James Achterberg

    Humboldt Freecycle! You'll receive hundreds of emails:D

  5. Last year a girl dumped all her stuff at the fish hatchery in bluelake, including old bills, pay stubs, school work. her san and home address was included. the sherriff dept was unable to do anything for us, so we ended having to pay for it ourselfs

  6. I put out free piles and they are a lot of maintenance. You have to put stuff back in the box everyday and make sure that people don't trash things. I definitely want to give back what the community has given to me, because I usually get my wardrobe out of free piles, but you can't just put a bunch of crap out and expect people will magically want it. Keep it clean and it will disappear within two days.

  7. as opposed to the beauty in your rant? disgust works both ways …

  8. huh, i hadn't considered that … man, people are devious


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