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Little Free Surplus needs 10 square meters of outdoor space (NH)
« on: September 09, 2018, 01:34:56 pm »

"We threw away things people kill each other for now."
   - Denzel Washington's character in "The Book of Eli." 

Every day, New Hampshirites probably trash over a hundred tons of items which (under other circumstances) would save lives.   Grocery bags, watertight containers, pieces of cloth, etc...things that are reasonable to pitch.  But if there were an interruption in commerce, these items and other "usable throwaways" would run short.   You would wish you had kept more of them during the preceding months.  What if there were an intermediate option that combined the advantages of throwing them away with the advantages of keeping them?

I call this concept "Little Free Surplus," inspired by the Little Free Libraries.   Ideally each LFS would be an easy-on-the-eyes box of potentially useful throwaways.  It might sit publicly available at the edge of its owner's driveway...with a small sign explaining its purpose.  In this example, anyone could add or remove items at their convenience.  Or to avoid getting dumped on, maybe you could store an LFS in a less public location...perhaps only friends/neighbors could add and subtract from it.  You could even keep it to yourself.  Suppose there were one or two in every neighborhood. During normal times people could donate to them or take from them as appropriate. Some items are too useful to throw away, while too damaged for goodwill....but one man's junk is another man's treasure even in good times. During a big disaster, the whole LFS would become valuable, and more importantly it would be pre-positioned.  Probably the owner of the property would simply bring it inside for use or resale.  That's better than going unused in a landfill, and it would mean at least there are more usable items within that neighborhood at the beginning of the troubles.   But ideally the LFS would become a trading center or a place where you put and retrieve usable items that are considered surplus even during the crisis.

Here's what an LFS might easily contain just by keeping your eyes open at the transfer station or collecting your own throwaways for a year:
https://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=28933.msg300857#msg300857

Ways you can help:

- If you have the heart to serve as a humanitarian resource during a disaster, or a desire to have a free disaster supply box that people fill for you... you can provide space for LFS.
- If you have extra "usable throwaways," you could donate some to an LFS instead of pitching them.
- If you have a vehicle...you could transport such items from collectors to receivers...or from one LFS to another. 

Maybe we could start an LFS network.  Maybe we could reduce waste and loss of life in one go.

But good things start small. I'm collecting the contents for *one* LFS now. And I'm not sure I have a good place to put it long term.  I need a volunteer or two in south west or south central New Hampshire who likes this idea and can provide me about ten square meters of free space.  It can be indoors or outdoors, available to the public or not...but the main thing is you would need to take possession of it. I might not be able to come back and move it.  You can contact me by posting here on forum.freestateproject.org, by message me here or by emailing me.  Go to RidleyReport.com and click "about" to see my email addie.

"Little Free Surplus:
Turn your trashes
Into emergency caches!"
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Re: Little Free Surplus project needs 10 square meters of outdoor space (NH)
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2018, 01:38:00 pm »

Here's what an LFS might easily contain just by keeping your eyes open or collecting your own throwaways for a year:

Pepsi bottles filled with tap water + trace bleach
old towels
 used candles
used sterilized toothbrushes
pen fragment, capable of writing with
torn curtain
scrap thread
safety pins,   dipped in vaseline to prevent rusting
10 matches and a scrap striking strip
rusty nails    dipped in vaseline to prevent further rusting (found on telephone poles!)
torn tarp 10' x 10'.  Maybe it covers the contianers to prevent direct sunlight.
surplus dental floss
used but sterilized sponges
 cinderblock
used but washed aluminum foil scraps
used but washed/sterilized peanut jars
surplus machine oil
kerosene someone was about to throw away
bike tube or other parts
surplus cd's, dvd's or flash drives filled with keyword searchable information and images about how to treat water and other disaster skills
20' scrap electrical cord
surplus can opener
 mismatched pair of work gloves
 mismatched warm gloves
wood boards, various sizes
 ragged shirts,
rusty pair of scissors,    dipped in vaseline to prevent further rusting
 ragged pants,
ragged wool socks,
ragged wool hats
rubber bands
pieces of partly blank scrap paper
soap scraps
old rags
dandelion seeds (dandelions are edible and obviously easy to grow.)
used but clean plastic grocery bags
pennies (can be used as screwdrivers and might maintain enough currency value to trade for a few matches or other lifesaving scraps)
one-pint metal soup cans (useful for digging)
one-gallon metal coffee cans (useful for boiling water or making a hobo stove)
used but sterilized disposabe safety razors , blades dipped in vaseline or something to prevent rusting
printouts of disaster related information
childrens' toys

Items might be separated into containers based on whether the container is likely to become damp. For example, you wouldn't put a spare can opener in the same box as a bottle of tap water, because the latter would cause dampness if it freezes and thaws...rusting the can opener.
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Re: Little Free Surplus needs 10 square meters of outdoor space (NH)
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2018, 11:33:35 pm »

Hi, I'd be willing to host items on my property in Weare.
We could pick up some free sheds off Craigslist and yard sale sites to hold the items in. I have access to a trailer for this and a truck. I've got the space. Just would need to hash out the details of when/how people would be granted access to my property. I'd just want notice before people show up, but maybe that defeats the purpose? Not sure. Let me know your thoughts.
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Re: Little Free Surplus needs 10 square meters of outdoor space (NH)
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2018, 10:38:26 am »

Yay thanks Leahx!  I will try and private message you now so we can talk about this further.
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Re: Little Free Surplus needs 10 square meters of outdoor space (NH)
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2018, 10:56:26 am »

PM sent.  just knowing you're there and up for this lets me collect more items without fear they'll be to many.   right now i have about enough to fill one typical 18 gallon rubbermade container.
Left to my own devices I tend to wash or sterilize stuff and organize it into small disposable disaster kits, but a lot of it is still just loose raw materials like extra bandaids, rubber bands, cloth, cans, gloves...potentially useful stuff I don't have  a use for.
 
it might help to know if you have some requirements of items...  for example would they need to be below a certain size, would you want to avoid items that were picked up off the side of the road or something and  washed , what kinds of items would you definitely not want, etc. 

In terms of people accessing the thing, it would just be up to you to set the parameters and how much you wanted to publicize the location etc.  the shed idea sounds great
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Re: Little Free Surplus needs 10 square meters of outdoor space (NH)
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2018, 11:09:29 pm »

We're now in a position to store and collect more items, if others of you have surplus you want to donate.   i.e. for the moment space is no longer the limiting factor.  It's practical for me to collect stuff from you if you're in (or visiting) the keene area and the stars align.

Meanwhile here are the other places where the project is under discussion:

https://forum.shiresociety.com/t/little-free-surplus-needs-10-square-meters-of-outdoor-space-nh/11248/3
http://nhunderground.com/forum/index.php?topic=27973.msg364253#msg364253
https://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=28933.0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZXho9O9DEE
NH General Discussion on Facebook
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Re: Little Free Surplus needs 10 square meters of outdoor space (NH)
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2018, 03:14:08 pm »

we have a third participant technically...a relative is sending me ideas for enhancing the contents :)

next I will probably visit and enquire with most of the shops in the nearest shopping center incuding a dartmoth-hitchock branch...  all of them are probalby throwing stuff every day that I/we could include.  in the 90s Catholic Charities used to give me a bunch of medical stuff they couldn't keep for one reason or another and I"d ship it to friends in Zagreb who moved it to towns by the front line.   Half of that is probably illegal now but at least I can do the lawful half.
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