There are four basic types of Freecycle posts; offer, taken, wanted and received. Most Freecycle groups want you to also put your location in the title of the post. For example, if you're getting rid of a couch in North Dallas, you might write, "Offer: Sofa with Fold-Out Bed, Dallas 75248." This helps the other Freecycler members to know what recyclable items you're offering and how far away the items are. After an item has been picked up, let other Freecyclers know that it's gone by posting "Taken: Sofa with Fold-Out Bed, Dallas 75248." If you're looking for a specific item, create a wanted post such as "Wanted: Girls' Toys, Arlington, 76010." When you get what you want from another Freecycle member, create a new post reading "Received: Girls' Toys, Arlington, 76010." This way other Freecyclers know to stop replying to your wanted post. Use the group's search function to find posts more quickly and easily. Email the original poster directly rather than responding to the entire group when you when you want to offer or take an item.
Many Freecycle groups want you to put multiple offers and wanted reyclable or reusable items in a single email if you post them all in a single day. This can create logistical problems with people finding your items. So if you want to offer or request unrelated items, email them on separate days. Also, you're not allowed to offer or ask for any human being. Alcohol, tobacco, firearms, adult items and drugs are also not permitted. Freecycle groups don't allow discussion, advertising, proselytizing or offers of money. All groups expect Freecycle members to be polite to one another. Some groups allow you to offer and request pets; others don't. Always check your local group rules before creating offering or asking for recyclable items on Freecycle. Also, be sure to set your membership preferences to "Daily Digest," "Special Notices" or "Web Only" if you don't want to receive a flood of email every day.