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Don't use it? Give it away this Saturday

June 15, 2015 -

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

"If someone can use it, then it's not garbage. One person's junk is another's treasure – that's the idea behind Giveaway Day," 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

Free Recycling Centre tours during Doors Open Kingston

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 4 p.m. as part of the Doors Open Kingston event.  For more information on other locations participating in Doors Open Kingston, see

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. 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.

About the City of Kingston

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