FREEUSE.ORG: THE FREEUSE NETWORK
|...the simple, age-old principle that's changing the world one gift at a time.
The FreeUse Network is a Not-for-Profit Community Service Group based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
FreeUse affiliate groups across North America and around the Earth are provided a nationally-issued set of
Guidelines for how it should operate, but each group is given flexibility to make their own decisions as to
how their daily operation is run. Not all of the guidelines we provide 'fit' into the local area with demographic
and economic differences, so each Group has the ability to make adjustments as they see fit.
FreeUse, while acting as a Not-for-Profit Community Service Group, is not a 501c3 IRS-recognized non-
profit organization at this time and any contributions made to it or transactions/giving that occurs within a
FreeUse Group are not considered tax-deductible in any way, shape or form.
If you have any questions or a request for media interview, etc., please use the contact info below--
The FreeUse Network
Attn: Scott FreeUse
12097 Old Hammond Highway
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816
For inquiries, please email to: FreeUseInfo@yahoo.com
A Very Brief History:
FreeUse Network was started in May 2004 as a local freecycle group by an Environmental Engineer, Mr.
Scott Perkins, to promote waste reduction in Baton Rouge LA by helping to keep reusable items out of
landfills and to develop a helpful community of caring people. In October 2005, due to freecycle losing it's
grassroots appeal, FreeUse was born.
By the way, Mr. Perkins has consulted with regulatory agencies, business and industries regarding
environmental issues across the USA and in Europe. In his 17 year career as an Environmental
Scientist/Specialist, he has written operations manuals for and/or performed environmental compliance
audits for hazardous waste incinerators, wastewater treatment plants, offshore and onshore oil and gas
production and exploration platforms and facilities, waste processing systems, chemical production plants,
PCB transformer treatment systems and landfills, etc. Mr. Perkins has performed over 700 inspections of
various types of facilities worldwide.
Funding, Trademarks, etc.:
The FreeUse Network's annual budget is whatever Mr. Perkins puts into it.
Unlike some free-reuse and free-recycle groups, The FreeUse Network will NEVER apply for a trademark
for "our name", will NEVER prohibit people from using the term "freeuse" as a verb (e.g., "happy freeusing"),
will NEVER solicit payment from nor align ourselves with hazardous waste companies that wish to white-
wash their history of non-compliance, pollution and fines, will NEVER pay one dime to those of us
VOLUNTEERS who will keep this a grassroots group with the following focus: Keep reuseable items out of
landfills, help those in need and develop a caring community of members worldwide.
You see, giving things away for free to those who can reuse them was not invented in October 2005 (The
FreeUse Independence Day [OK, month]) nor May 2004 (when the seed of The FreeUse Network was
planted) nor even May 2003 (when The Freecycle Network, our former affiliate, was created) , it came about
the time man separated from primates, as a species.
How, then, can one ever expect to 'trademark' giving? This concept is, therefore, FREE to USE!
Our Commitment to Privacy
The FreeUse Network respects everyone’s right to privacy. This section summarizes what personally
identifiable information we may collect, if any, and how we might use this information. This policy also
describes other important topics relating to your privacy. The FreeUse Network reserves the right to modify
FreeUse groups currently operate in the Yahoo!Groups environment, which means that cookies may be
used in accordance with Yahoo’s aims. It should be noted that cookies can also be used to further the aims
of individual groups, for example, to ensure that each visitor may vote in any online poll only once. These
cookies do not collect or store any personal information whatsoever. Additionally, they cease to function
each time a poll ends.
Children may participate only with the permission and supervision of their parents and/or guardians.
FreeUse.org does not intend to collect any information from individuals under the age of 13.
In general, when you visit the FreeUse Web site and access information, you remain anonymous. We do not
require you to register or provide personal information to us in order to view our site. There are occasions
when we will ask for additional information, such as when you apply to become a member of a FreeUse
group. In these cases, we will only collect personally identifiable information (such as name, address,
telephone number, or e-mail address, for instance) that you voluntarily provide through our Web site or via e-
We will not sell or exchange your personal information at any time. We may collect general information
(such as the type of browser you use, the files you request, and the domain name and country from which
you request information) to improve our Web site and better meet your needs.
Use of Information
Before we collect any personally identifiable information, we will provide an explanation for the possible use
of your data. For example, the information you supply might be used by The FreeUse Network to respond to
your inquiries or supply you with requested information. It may be necessary, if required by law or if pertinent
to judicial or governmental investigations, to release your personally identifiable information. If you have
submitted personal information to us electronically and would like it removed or modified, please contact
us. We will use every possible reasonable effort to comply with your request.
While The FreeUse Network is highly selective about which sites we provide links to, we do not control
these Web sites, nor do we endorse or otherwise accept responsibility for the content or privacy policies of
those sites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on third party sites.
Local FreeUse groups are currently members of Yahoo!Groups and to remain as such must follow Yahoo’s
FREEUSE MEMBERS USE FREEUSE GROUPS AT THEIR OWN RISK. Please take reasonable measures
to protect your safety and privacy when posting to group lists or when completing a direct gifting with another
member. By joining a FreeUse list, you agree to hold neither the list owners, moderators, nor anyone
affiliated with The FreeUse Network responsible or liable for any circumstance resulting from a FreeUse-
related gifting or communication.