Twin Cities Free Market

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The Twin Cities Free Market was an innovative reuse program created by Eureka Recycling to help divert usable and repairable items from the waste stream. The Twin Cities Free Market began in 1998 and was the first web based residential exchange program that specifically targeted the exchange of reusable and durable household goods. Over the years TCFM facilitated more than 120,000 exchanges and saved over 13.1 million pounds of reusable goods from entering landfills and incinerators.

Since the inception of TCFM, over 20 years ago, many other reuse organizations, platforms, and retailers have come into the marketplace. Check out the resource guide below for information on some of our favorite reuse organizations and retailers in the Twin Cities.

Reuse saves energy, prevents pollution, conserves natural resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

By giving away unwanted items or shopping for used goods, items not only stay out of the landfill or incinerator (where toxic materials are burned or leached into our air and water), but these items are kept in use for their maximum life, which reduces the need to manufacture new products. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to reuse!

Are you looking to drop off an item immediately, donate to a charity or shop for used items? Check out the resources below!

TechDump is an electronics non-profit rebuilder and recycler providing job training and practical experience for adults facing barriers to employment.

ReUSE Minnesota is the only organization promoting Minnesota’s reuse, rental and repair sector and highlighting the benefits of reuse.

Minnesota Materials Exchange program is a free service that links organizations that have reusable goods they no longer need to those who can use them. By providing a business reuse network, the Materials Exchange program helps prevent usable materials from becoming waste. The Minnesota Materials Exchange connects businesses that have reusable goods to those who can use them.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore has locations in Minneapolis and New Brighton and is open to the public Tues-Sat. They accept donations of and sell a wide selection appliances and household building materials (such as cabinets, fixtures, flooring, etc).