Start a New Town

Interested in starting a new Town group? Here's what you need to know. 

Is my area already covered by a Town group?

  1. Look up your home address on our Google map.
  2. Find the Town group closest to your home. Does it take more than 30 minutes to travel to that Town? If not, then your area is already covered by a Town group. You are welcome to  apply to be a moderator  of that group.

Is my Town eligible for a new Town group?

  • The Town where you live should not be covered by an existing Town group.
  • There should be at least 20,000 people within a 30-minute radius of your proposed Town group. 
  • The language of your area must be supported by our site. Freecycle.org is available in these languages: English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Turkish.
  • Consider starting a Friends Circle instead of a Town group if your community doesn't meet all of these requirements.  

What are the next steps?

  1. When you start a new Town group you must agree to moderate the group. Learn more about becoming a moderator.
  2. The hardest part of starting a new Town group is attracting members. Unless you have a plan to grow your Town group to several hundred members, the Town group is unlikely to succeed. Read about ways to promote your Town group.
  3. Consider starting a Friends Circle instead.
  4. If you're ready to proceed, fill out the StartATown form.