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Giveaway Day is this Saturday

April 15, 2013 -

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," says John Giles, Manager of Solid Waste.  "If it's still useful and it's in your way, give it away.  Or go treasure hunting on Giveaway Day.  Find something you need for free." 

Giveaway Day rounds out the City's Earth Week activities, which include free tours of the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) last weekend and today's announcement of the winners of the City's Remarkable Recycler campaign.  That announcement follows the Giveaway Day Guidelines, below.

Giveaway Day Guidelines

The City does not pick up Giveaway Day items left at the curb at the end of the day. Owners remain responsible for proper disposal of any remaining items.

What To Put Out:

Do put out items like books, CDs, DVDs, furniture, small appliances, electronics, construction materials, hardware, kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, and any gifts you've received that you suspect someone else might enjoy more than you.

Do Not Put Out:

Do not put out items like baby walkers, playpens, bath seats, car seats, blinds, mattress and toys as the Consumer Product Safety Bureau cautions against people picking up such items at curbside.

Tips On The Give-And-Take Of Giveaway Day:

  • The City WILL NOT collect these items from the curb. You are responsible for any of your Giveaway items that are not picked-up. Remove them at the end of the day. 
  • Label Giveaway items as "Free" and keep anything you don't want taken away separate from your Giveaway items.
  • Make sure Giveaway items remain entirely on your property and do not obstruct the sidewalk.
  • Take only items that are marked "Free."
  • Respect other people's property: don't walk on people's lawns or gardens.
  • Do not leave picked-up items on other people's property.  If you take an item, you are responsible for it and its proper disposal.

The City Celebrates Remarkable Recyclers

Suzanne Ryan is a Remarkable Recycler – and the winner of a Kobo e-reader.  Suzanne's name was chosen in a random draw of those who participated in the City's Remarkable Recycler campaign.  All 76 participants who correctly sorted their garbage, Green Bin and recycling – and had their collectibles to the curb by 6 a.m. – will receive specially-marked Blue and Grey Boxes officially acknowledging them as "Remarkable Recyclers."

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116 (cell 613-329-3462). Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.