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Celebrate Earth Week: reduce, reuse, recycle and pitch-in

April 13, 2015 -

Next week is Earth Week. So now is a great time to look at ways to reduce our impact on the environment and show our outside spaces a little love. Take advantage of these opportunities to reduce, reuse, recycle – learn – and pitch-in:

Giveaway Day is this Saturday

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.

"The spring Giveaway Day allows students on the move to offer up reusable items to their neighbours. It's a great day to go treasure hunting," says John Giles, manager of solid waste. He reminds those participating in Giveaway Day to bring in any leftover items at the end of the day as the City will NOT pick them up.

See Giveaway Day guidelines below and at

Students: see for tips on how to get rid of unwanted items and other move-out tips.

Free recycling centre tours this Saturday See how the City processes your blue and grey box recyclables – and what they are made into by those who buy them: take a free tour of the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC), 196 Lappan's Lane. They run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Give a high-five to a Remarkable Recyler Today, 80 successful participating households – the most ever for this seasonal program – will receive the specially-marked blue and grey boxes showing they are Remarkable Recyclers. If you see one, give the Remarkable Recycler a high-five (or at least a thumb's up).

These are the everyday heroes are helping the City reach the goal to divert 60 per cent of residential waste from landfill by 2018 and 65 per cent in the long term.

On April 24 Pitch-in Kingston

Organized by Sustainable Kingston, Pitch-In Kingston is an annual community clean-up event that aims to make our city safe and more environmentally responsible. Pick an outdoor area to clean-up, get your neighbours or co-workers together and pitch litter into free Pitch-in garbage bags available at participating Tim Horton's locations (285 Ontario St., 312 Princess St. and 681 Princess St.). See a list of where to drop the bags and register to participate (optional) at

Sustainable Kingston oversees the community-built plan to make Kingston Canada's most sustainable city. Find out more at

Giveaway Day 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. See options to sell, donate or dispose of unwanted items at

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.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston



Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.