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Giveaway Day is this Saturday

April 22, 2014 -

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.

"Giveaway Days are about keeping items out of landfill.  The spring Giveaway Day is timed to allow students on the move to take advantage of it – plus, it's also a great way for households to mark Earth Day," says John Giles, Manager of Solid Waste.  He encourages residents to plan to go treasure hunting on Giveaway Day to find useful free items. "If it's useful, it's not garbage."

See Giveaway Day Guidelines below and 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. 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.

Giveaway Day rounds out the City's seasonal and Earth-friendly waste diversion activities, which have included free tours of the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) on April 12 – and the City's Remarkable Recycler campaign. 

Today, 42 successful participating households will receive the specially-marked Blue and Grey Boxes showing they are Remarkable Recyclers. 


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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