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Celebrate Waste Reduction Week

October 20, 2014 -

Join the City in marking Waste Reduction Week, October 20 to 26, by:

  • Honouring the 41 Remarkable Recycler participants who correctly sorted their organic waste and recycling last week. The City has now recognized more than 200 Remarkable Recyclers since this program began in 2011. Remarkable Recycler households have received their specially-marked Blue and Grey Boxes. If you see the Remarkable Recycler decal on your neighbour's recycling boxes, give them the thumb's-up. Ryan Tedford's Remarkable household has won the Kobo e-reader in the random draw of participants. 
  • Enjoying a free tour of the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday at 196 Lappan's Lane. Bring family or friends and come see what happens to your recyclables!
  • Participating in Giveaway Day, also this Saturday, Oct. 25. Get ready: Giveaway Day is the day you are invited to put out reusable items you no longer want for your neighbours who might like them.

"If it is still useful, it's not garbage and someone else may want it," says John Giles, Manager of Solid Waste.  "If you have something gathering dust in your house, plan to give it away this Saturday.  Or go treasure-hunting on Giveaway Day to find items you need and help divert them from landfill."  

See Giveaway Day Guidelines below and at www.CityofKingston.ca/giveaway.

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 ‘FREE' stickers or signs on or by the items.
  • Ensure anything you do not want taken is kept away from your Giveaway Day items.
  • Putting out clothing or other items in plastic bags? Use clear or translucent bags to help to separate Giveaway Days items from garbage.
  • At the end of the day, bring any uncollected items back into your home. The City will NOT collect unwanted items left at the curb. Unclaimed items left at the curb beyond the evening of Giveaway Day may be subject to fines from City By-law Enforcement. Consider donating unwanted items 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.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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