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Get ready: Giveaway Day is Saturday, June 21

June 9, 2014 -

Kingston's next Giveaway Day is Saturday, June 21 – that's the day you are invited to put out reusable items you no longer want for your neighbours who might like them.

"Start gathering items you would like to put out and start thinking about items you could look for on Giveaway Day.  If an item is still useful, it's not garbage. Giveaway Days keep items out of landfill – and are a great way to get what you need for free," says John Giles, Manager of Solid Waste. 

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 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.
  • If placing out clothing or other items in plastic bags, use clear or translucent bags. This helps to separate Giveaway Days items from garbage.
  • At the end of the day, bring back into your home any uncollected items. The City will NOT collect unwanted items left at the curb. Any 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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