Give and take with the City of Kingston’s Giveaway Day

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, is the next Giveaway Day in the City of Kingston — the day you put out reusable items you no longer want for your neighbours who might like them.  

“Giveaway Days are an effective and unique way to reduce waste in Kingston. When you pick up free, gently used items, you save them from landfill and reduce the waste associated with packaging and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacturing new goods. It’s also a good way for community members to save money,” said Adam Mueller, Supervisor of Solid Waste for the City.

The City of Kingston suggests households share photos of their free items on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #WasteNotYGK.

The following guidelines on how to put items out for pick-up, and how to pick items up on Giveaway Day were provided by the City of Kingston:

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 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.

For more information on waste diversion from the City, click here.

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