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#WasteNotYGK: Take advantage of Giveaway Day and free KARC tours this Saturday

June 13, 2016

This Saturday is Giveaway Day – that's the day you are invited to put out reusable items you no longer want for your neighbours who might like them. 

Have something special to give away? Share a picture of it using the hashtag #WasteNotYGK.

"Giveaway Day is really about focusing on getting more use out of items. Maybe it isn't useful to you anymore, but it's just what someone else is looking for! One person's junk is another's treasure and if there is still use left in an item, it's not garbage yet. Sometimes it takes a creative eye to see the next use for an item," says Heather Roberts, manager of solid waste. 

The Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) is holding free tours this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come find out how the City of Kingston diverts waste from landfill by recycling. Recycling and Giveaway Days are just two of the ways we can work to meet the goal of diverting 60 per cent of household waste from landfill by 2018.

Participating in Giveaway Day? Bring in any remaining items at the end of the day as the City will NOT pick them up.

Giveaway Guidelines

What to put out:

Only set out appropriate items that you know someone else might want.

  • Appropriate: books, CDs, DVDs, furniture and small appliances, electronics, construction materials (including drywall, lumber, hardware), kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans and, yes, unwanted gifts.
  • Inappropriate: the Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that these items should not be given away (or picked-up): baby walkers, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds and toys.

How to put items out:

  • Place items at the curb in front of your home • Place stickers or signs on the items with the word ‘FREE'
  • Ensure any items that you do not want taken are kept away from items placed at the curb.
  • At the end of the day, bring any uncollected items back in to your home. The City will not collect unwanted items left at the curb. Consider donating them to a local charity.

How to pick items up:

  • Respect other people's property: don't walk on people's lawns or gardens.
  • Take only the items marked ‘Free' and placed at the curb.
  • Don't leave previously picked up items on the curb at other people's property.

These guidelines can also be found at www.CityofKingston.ca/Giveaway.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston
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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.