Kingston residents are invited to celebrate Waste Reduction Week by taking part in “Giveaway Day” this Saturday, October 26 – putting out unwanted, reusable items that neighbours may want to have – and to visit the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) open house.
Giveaway Days are one of the events utilized by the City to help keep items that can be reused or repurposed out of landfills and to help Kingston reach its goal to divert 65 per cent of its household waste from landfill by 2025.
“Use Giveaway Days to divert useful items from landfill. Garbage in landfill creates climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions and leachate,” said Heather Roberts, Director of Solid Waste. “Items that have life left in them, or that can be re-purposed do not belong there,” .
The KARC open house, taking place from 10am to 2pm at 196 Lappan’s Lane, offers community members an inside look at what happens to recyclables after they are picked up at the curb and to learn more about the City’s many waste diversion programs.
Residents taking part in this weekend’s Giveaway Day are asked to share pictures of items on Twitter using #WasteNotYGK.
The City has provided the following Giveaway Day guidelines:
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.