Join the Freecycle Crew!!

Hackney Freecycle™ runs as a Yahoo Group and is managed by volunteers. We are open to all those who live in or near Hackney and want to “recycle” that special something rather than throw it away. The site where you are now is where people can ask questions and our supporters get to find out how to promote Hackney Freecyle!!

Join the team behind the scenes, come to social events, or simply tell your friends through our Facebook and Twitter feeds!! We’d love to hear from you! Use the message box below!!

But if you have got here by accident, the main site where the freebies are exchanged is at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hackney_freecycle/
Where there’s one golden rule: everything advertised must be free!

Happy re-use and recycling!!!

84 thoughts on “Join the Freecycle Crew!!

  1. Will Cooper

    Hi there,

    I’m desperately trying to join your group. I’ve got a free cycle account, and have made a yahoo profile god knows how many times to try and join this group but am not getting anywhere. Any ideas where I might be going wrong…

    Thanks

    Will

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    1. socialmedia Post author

      Hi Will,

      Sorry to hear you are having problems, to join our group you need only to have a yahoo email.

      Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hackney_freecycle/ and click join this group. Fill in the form on the next page and make sure you add a comment in the box at the end about why you are joining.

      Any problems, write back.

      Good luck,

      Les
      Moderator Team

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      1. h a

        hi, i have done this time and time again now. I do have a yahoo email, and account and etc.

        but it keeps telling me to ‘create a new profile’.

        any advice appreciated! i live in tower hamlets but very close to hackney and would like to join!
        thanks.

        h. a.

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  2. getty

    How do I use freecycle: I had to sign up with yahoo groups for Hackney Freecycle and it doesnt allow me to see postings,how do I get to see and make postings?

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    1. socialmedia Post author

      Hello Getty,

      Thanks for trying to sign up. You have to visit our posting site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hackney_freecycle/

      Click on ‘Join this group’ and on the next page fill in the details. It usually takes less than a day for new members to be approved. Let me know how you get on.

      Good luck,

      Les
      Moderator Team

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  3. Hannahbagshaw

    Hello, I am very keen to join the Hackney Freecycle group but I’m not having any luck. After clinking on the ‘join this group’ link, I synced my gmail account with Yahoo as it suggests and signed in but then it just leads me round in circles asking me to do the things I’ve already done. I haven’t been able to access any sort of form to fill in or a place to add a reason for joining. Am I doing something wrong or do I just need to wait to receive some sort of confirmation? 

    Many thanks,

    Hannah

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    1. socialmedia Post author

      Hello Hannah,

      I had a look at the sign-in area and think I can see the problem. Yes, you can sign in with Gmail, but you still need to create an account first. Go back to the sign in area and at the bottom you will see where it says ‘Don’t have a Yahoo! ID?’ so click on the button ‘Create New Account’. See you soon!!

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    2. Claira Le Marchand

      Did you have any luck fixing this problem? as i now also have the same issue.
      Thankyou
      Claira

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      1. eM Lo

        You have to set up an alias, and then use it to set up a profile; then request membership and wait to be approved… Let me know if that worked for you!

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        1. NatalieMckane

           I don’t understand. What do you mean set up an alias? I am having the same problem as Claira and Hannah.

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          1. Captin Dingo

            If you go the sync google route – Once you sync google and login on the yahoo page (use google password) there is a create alias or set up alias ‘button’ (blue I think) this opens the option to enter a username I did that then got out of the round in circles trap! Not user friendly. I only swore at my computer 17 times trying to figure it out.

        2. mags

          Hi, I’ve had the same problem and finding an alias that works and then the rest is incredibly time consuming. Is there not an easier way that wont put people off from contributing?
          Even a ‘how-to for dummies’ in a welcome email rather than the trial and error route I’ve taken would be better…

          Thanks,
          Mags

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    3. socialmedia1

      Hi Hannah, the reason for this is you are clicking on the wrong area on the Yahoo login page. Try clicking further down the page. Cheers

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    4. Eric

      I’m having the same issues with this site. I wasted so much time and I’m now going to have a bonfire!

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    5. CarolineE8

      I’ve given away loads of stuff through Hackney Freecycle over the past 3 years, but now Yahoo says it is “recycling” my username and when I try to create a new one I just go round in circles. Very fed up – surely there’s a better way of doing this. I have some great stuff to freecycle, but I can’t waste much more time on this.

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  4. Mvozols

    Hi!
    I’m clearly a member of the group but I am not seeing my own postings although they are obviosuly appearing because people are responding to them.

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    1. socialmedia Post author

      Hi there,

      Yes I have checked and your membership is still current. Perhaps you are signing in with another Yahoo ID! that is registered to your email address. Have a look and let me know.

      Cheers

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  5. neli

    hi, i have been trying and trying some more but i cant get on to the hackney freecycle site, it keeps sending me round the houses without showing me the door.
    does any one have any ideas please.

    thank u 

    neli

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  6. srscycle

    Hi, I just added a new post. Do I receive a confirmation. Also how do I know I have conformed to the correct freecycle format? Is it simply just the offerred, taken, wanted? 

    Thanks so much

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    1. socialmedia1

      Hi there, new posts are moderated several times a day on a batch basis. You don’t receive a confirmation and all genuine messages are approved. You seem to got the protocols, and the more sincere and geniune, the better. 

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  7. Laura

    I ve been doing exactly the same thing – trying to join the group, but it says I have to make my profile, even if I ve already done that!

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  8. Sarahzbaker

    I’m glad it’s not just me having difficulties joining. I did eventually but now it makes me go round in circles trying to sign in. Thought I was going potty. I try to get in using Google now but it keeps sending me to the activate email addess. Hmmmmm

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  9. Sophia

    Hi, what’s the etiquette for choosing which of many requests for my curtains should be the winner? I just went with the first request, but that seems somehow unfair. Any thoughts?

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    1. socialmedia1

      Sophia, it’s a tough one and there’s no right or wrong answer. Often the first request seems fairer, but there again that discriminates against those who are not online all the time. Often it’s best to leave a little while and then make a decision. Most members know that only one person will be lucky, which is why it’s always good to post a nice TAKEN message to let everyone know.

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  10. Claire

    I have posted a couple of items offered through the yahoo group, but they are not appearing – I am not sure if I am waiting for a moderator or whether they are lost. I am a member of the group apparently, but I’ve not got any further than that.

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  11. Damian Pieries

    Once someone has picked something up do I simply place a new posting saying it’s gone or is were another way?

    Damian

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  12. dj_vern25

    A quick question – I can’t find anywhere on the Hackney freecycle site to edit an existing message. I want to change an ‘OFFERED’ item to ‘TAKEN’ so that everyone who’s emailed me about the item will know. Is the only other option to add a new message that says ‘TAKEN’, or delete the original message? The myfreecycle site (http://my.freecycle.org) has a ‘My Posts’ area which I think allows the editing of messages but I think this is a separate thing as I can’t seem to get this to sync with my Yahoo groups account?

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    1. socialmedia1

      Hi there, you cannot edit an existing message. As you suggest, it is best to simply copy the original text and just change the subject line to TAKEN. Don’t bother trying to sync myfreecycle with Hackney Freecycle, ‘cos you can’t! Finally, if you want a message expurged from the records, write to the moderators who can do that for you. All the best.

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  13. Clovisss2002

    Help.
    I’m a member of hackney Freecycle. It took me over a year to summon up enough persistence to work out how to join. Now I want to join the Epping Forest group and after 30 minutes of effort I have had to call it a day for tonight. And I have a science degree!! Is my Yahoo ID the same as my username? I can log in and out of Yahoo with ease but cannot even apply to reset my password as doesn’t recognise my username/email password and it’s the ones I use to get the daily digest… Any clues? 
    Best wishes.

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    1. socialmedia1

      Hi there. Epping Forest Recycle are hosted on myFreecycle and Hackney Freecycle is hosted on Yahoo Groups. So if you want to join Epping Forest you will have to create an account on myFreecycle (or use the Freecycle Facebook application). I’m sorry that I cannot understand how you can log in and out of Yahoo but it doesn’t recognise your username/password. Good luck!

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    1. socialmedia1

      Hi Will, the rules were made a long ago and we have very little control. However, since Hackney Freecycle was started, over 20,000 people have joined. So it can’t be that bad, just feels that way 🙁

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  14. Andy Kellman

    I’ve tried to join this group today and it seems that people have been having the same issues I’ve been having for at least seven months. surely someone has a clear step by step method of solving this “create a profile even though you already have one” issue.

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    1. socialmedia1

      Hi Andy, many people get caught between gmail and yahoo, it’s a bit like being caught between a rock and a hard place 🙂 Hundreds of people seem to be able to navigate the process, however dozens fail. As with all good bug detective work, we have to understand how to recreate the problem. Can you share with us how you got to ‘create a profile even though you already have one’? Cheers

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  15. Angela Hodges

    Hi Guys I am having the same problem…not able to view any posts, yet I am already joined to Towerhamletsfreecycle and never had any issues there. Why if you are joined to one group do you have to link your FB or Google and bloomin Yahoo accts to this site? And then not be able to access? Annoying and time consuming! 🙁

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    1. socialmedia1

      Hello Angela, all Freecycle groups are separate, so you have to join each one in turn and many have different joining requirements. Hackney Freecycle require you to say a few words about yourself, this is to stop spammers. Others groups let you straight in. Yes it is annoying and time consuming when it doesn’t work first time, but we’re here to help. 

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  16. Jo

    I wanted to join, but was totally put off by having to sign up for Yahoo, and got stuck going round in circles like other users. I don’t want to have to create yet another online account, alias, password – I just want to give away some stuff for free! Why make it so hard?

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  17. Agatha

    Just seen all the comments about problems people are having and I sympathise! I have been a member of the Hackney group as well as other local groups for a couple of years. Hackney is listed as my ‘home group’.
    I just posted an offer on the Hackney group via the MyFreecycle website and now i find i cannot go onto the Hackney group site even to see my own post. No trouble at all viewing the pages of other groups i belong to.
    I’m willing to believe this is down to my own technical ignorance in some way, but there does seem to be a bit of poor (non-intuitive) design here if so many of us are having problems.
    Does the Hackney group use a different system to other groups in the area??
    Hope someone out there can help with this.
    Thanks,
    A

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  18. emily

    hi

    I don’t know how to log-in to the group.
    I am getting all the emails (to my hotmail acct) but don’t know how to log-in.

    Grateful for help

    thanks

    Emily

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  19. Tilster

    Hello. I’m really keen to join the Hackney Freecycle group. I am moving in to a new place in Hackney and have lived here for a few years. i am giving away a few things and need a few things too. Thanks so much. Tilly tilly.stasiuk@yahoo.com

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  20. Ian

    Trying to join this group is a bloody nightmare, I now have a Yahoo account that I dont want and I still cant join. It should not be this hard to give stuff away.

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  21. nakinostar

    Hello. Alright. I’ve been trying to unsubscribe for two weeks now. Keeps saying my Email is not registered. The daily digest option doesn’t work and my phone is bombarded my emails permanently. I have to erase 50 of them a day and it’s slowly eating into me. Can somebody please sort me out, like an administrator or something ? I feel like crying.

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  22. Linnea Persson

    Hi, I have the same problem?? Haven’t been able to access any sort of form either.. I have set up a profil but have not yet received any form of confirmation?

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  23. Van

    Hello. I can’t find any listing what so ever. Where are the objects that people are offering? AND how can I submit my television ???
    Seems all shambles to me.

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  24. Tera Pechmannova

    Hello mates, I trying find some outdoor plants. I am working in the redmarket and we want to prepare nice places for everyone. If you are mving or have some which you dont ned, let me know. Come and visit its free for everyone. Tera

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  25. adi

    why don’t you just stay on the main freecycle website, that would make it much easier and time-effective / not to mention all the stuff and people who are loosing out on amazing things?
    That would be great!

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  26. go_gaby

    ditto – I cannot connect to yahoo – I keep entering my details but it deletes them and gives me another blank form to fill in. I’m keen to join and contribute but am getting very frustrated. Does anyone have a solution to this?

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  27. Victoria Carey-Duff

    Hi I would like to join Hackney freecycle but when I am directed to Yahoo page, I fill in details and write about myself I send request and a code keeps coming up in red –

    InvalidDataException{errors=[FieldError{fieldName=… could you please give me some advice

    Many thanks
    Victoria

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  28. Bolty

    Hello,

    Just tried to post my first ‘Offered’ with Hackney Freecycle. A couple of things:
    1) I was getting no where when using Chrome (the Yahoo groups page doesn’t seem to like it, I think Chrome was blocking some content)… switched to Firefox and all was well…
    2) … except I added a ‘New Topic’ for my VHS tapes, but its not appeared in the list. I tried again but still no joy. Is there a delay between adding an item and it appearing? If so, fair enough…
    Thanks for any help,
    Steve

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  29. Amin

    Hello, I am about to set up an Lettings and Estate Agency office in Hackney and am looking for furniture and other equipment (i.e. office tables / chairs / telephone system/ computers) in good condition.
    If you can help please contact me.

    Thank you
    Amin

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  30. James Childs

    Hi, I have had a confirmation email of joining hackney freecycle yet cannot seem to log in to veiw posts etc….i have tried signing in with my yahoo account and facebook yet everytime the home page for the hackney group comes up with restricted members….can anyone help?

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  31. Emma Ako

    Hi there, how long does it take to become a member of this group – it seems to be taking forever?! And for some reason I can post but can’t have a look at the wanted or offers………am I dooing something wrong?

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  32. lizzy hobbs

    I love freecycle and I have used it a lot in the past, but I’m also on my second full evening trying to get in to rejoin. I can’t take any more circumnavigation of the sites, and plan to use the Hackney Council furniture re-use service this time.

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  33. thatusernameis

    Ridiculously complicated website – No idea if I have managed to offer my old Sony TV on here or not. Maybe I have joined, maybe I have not, it’s totally unclear. Maybe I’ll just give it to Oxfam instead eh

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  34. Theodore Williams

    Hello, I would like to post an ad for my cat. I am looking to re-home him. There are no spaces within shelters in east London or west London and financially it’s becoming a struggle to care for his needs! I would like to post an ad on freecycle. Who would I talk to in order to gain permission for something like this! please contact me at mugedge8@yahoo.com

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  35. Ellie Rofe

    Hi there, I’m trying to join the group. I have synced my gmail account and seem to have a Yahoo! alias but when I click on ‘Join Group’, no matter what selections I make, the Send Request button is faded and I cannot click on it. Any pointers please?

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  36. Sarah Peters

    I have to echo the comments below: just unbelievably difficult to navigate. We have a good item of furniture to give away and the system is just impossible, even though we have a Yahoo login. It seems people have been making the same complaint for two years! Please try to fix it as soon as possible.

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  37. Louise

    Hello, I’ve tried joining the group this morning but it keeps on coming up with “Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content” What can I do?

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  38. Elizabeth Melinek

    I am also having a nightmare signing up to give really good stuff away for free!! Does it really need to be quite so protected / exclusive – we are not dealing in diamonds!!

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  39. Annie Nichols

    I’m really confused like Hannah below…. But I’m already a member of Hackney Freecycle and I’ve signed in but I can’t view the “freebies” on offer. I keep getting another Yahoo page?…..what am I doing wrong?……It’s not straight forward at all…..I keep going round and round and round and round……adlib til fade…..

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  40. Kieron Russell

    I’ve just joined freecycle, have stuff to give away but can’t get past this infuriating sign up process. Can someone please explain it in simple terms please? Feels like I’m trying to get into The Freemasons not Freecycle. Arf arf…

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  41. Theo

    I have to concur with tall the other comments hewre, please excue the shout but it’s UNBELIEVEABY COMPLICTED TO JOIN, WOW! or even look at a photo. Perhaps it sneed an overhaul or somehting. The idea being freecyle is so simple, why the cryptic website? Will it ever be sorted out?

    Frustrated,
    Hackney

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  42. Dominic

    Time to loose the Yahoo bottle neck me thinks… login is broken… I was an probably still am a member but can’t access the group some issue with linking with my yahoo ID and my email, something I have checked… my yahoo ID is my email, and I have also added an extra email just for good measure… Seem to have hit the looping issue! shame this used to work… the whole thing has always been a bit chaotic and badly designed but now I simply can’t use it… let me know if you fix it.

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  43. Esther Schillinger

    Having tried for a while to join and advertise something I want to give away unsuccessfully, I went to Hackney Freegle, signed up and posted my offer in three minutes flat …

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  44. jennifer

    OMG how could anything be so difficult. . Cannot remember any of my previous details yet there seems to be no way of retrieving password. both my user name and email address are recognsed but I cannot get a new password – it’s not being bounced. Anyone want a breadmaker?

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  45. CCO

    I joined this group and am now leaving as it is so unwieldy… After spending about 3 hours connecting to the group (same issues as previous posters), I now have a very clogged inbox as I can’t find out how to adjust my settings to “Daily Digest” as recommended- why isn’t that default setting?

    I will continue in my quest to leave/unsubscribe…but again, that doesn’t seem to be clear either! This is why so many things in hackney simply end up on gumtree or on a wall outside your house…I certainly wouldn’t recommend this site. It’s a brilliant idea but too hard to actually navigate easily…

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  46. lionel

    Please please please stop sending me emails. I have unsubscribed so am now no longer able to contact you. Please contact me to let me know you are doing this.

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  47. George

    It’s an absolute joke how complicated this is. In serious need of a major overhaul. Was hoping I could find a good home for two bikes but now they’re sat outside gathering rust and waiting for a bike thief to take them off my hands. Oh well.

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