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null Saturday is Giveaway Day – a great way to kick off Earth Week

April 11, 2016 -

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 Day can help you clear your clutter – or find a useful item you need for free. Lots of people are doing spring cleaning and many students are on the move this time of year, so it's a great day to go treasure-hunting," says Heather Roberts, manager of solid waste.  She reminds those participating in Giveaway Day to bring in any remaining items at the end of the day as the City will NOT pick them up.

See Giveaway Day guidelines below and at www.CityofKingston.ca/Giveaway.

Students: see www.CityofKingston.ca/Students for tips on how to get rid of unwanted items and other move-out tips.

Share waste reduction ideas at #WASTENOTYGK during earth week

Giveaway Days offer the community a way to divert items from landfill making a wonderful way to kick-off Earth Week, April 17 to 24. Share pictures of your Giveaway Day finds and waste reduction ideas on Twitter #WasteNot YGK all week long. 

Give a high-five to a remarkable recycler

This season, 75 successful participating households will receive the specially-marked blue and grey boxes showing they are Remarkable Recyclers. These everyday heroes are helping the City reach the goal to divert 60 per cent of residential waste from landfill by 2018.

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

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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