The Free Market: A Great Way to Give or Get Free Stuff

The St. Paul Neighborhood Energy Consortium (NEC) coordinates the Free Market program, a free citywide listing service of household goods for residents who wish to acquire or donate free, reusable goods for their home, garden, or garage. The NEC keeps track of materials that residents wish to either acquire or give away.

The NEC is a coalition of community organizations serving St. Paul-area residents and businesses providing information, services, and programs that contribute to an environmentally responsible community. As the coordinator of the city's recycling program, the NEC hears from many residents with reusable items they no longer want, and now the NEC can connect those residents with people who could use those items.

A variety of goods can be posted on the Free Market including household wares, furniture, building and remodeling materials, children's toys, and garden items such as tools and patio bricks.

Since the program's kickoff in April, 1998, the Free Market has facilitated over 250 successful exchanges.

St. Paul residents can list their unwanted items or look for available items on the Free Market Web site at: or by calling the NEC recycling hotline at (651) 644-SORT (7678).

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