Some things—healthcare reform, for instance—are probably doomed to attract controversy. Others, you might imagine, don’t offer as much scope for disagreement. Until last week, I would have placed the Freecyle movement in the latter group. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Freecycle is a network of groups whose aim is reduce waste by matching people who want to give away stuff with others who need it. Founded in Arizona in 2003, Freecycle now has over 4,000 groups worldwide and over 5m members. It is organised, of course, over the internet; people post messages offering items, which other members of their local group can view via the website or by email. Collection is arranged privately between members; no money changes hands.