City’s curbside giveaway becomes annual event

  • May. 18, 2011 3:04 p.m.

Red Deer residents can give away unwanted household items during the City’s second annual Kick it to the Curb event.

The event takes place June 4 and 5.

Kick it to the Curb weekend is a great opportunity to find a new owner for those reusable, unwanted items taking up space in your home and keep them out of our landfill. 
The idea of the weekend, starting at 7 a.m. on June 4, is to place any unwanted household items at the curb on the front street marked with ‘free’ signs or stickers, and people can just come and pick up the items that households no longer want.

“The curbside giveaway idea has been a hit in Ottawa for the past four years,” said Nancy Hackett, environmental initiatives supervisor with the City. “We saw a good turnout last year and we are hoping with a little more notice we’ll see an increase this year. The program puts a real emphasis on reuse, since one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure.”

It is important to mark the items that are being given away and ensure that any leftover items are removed from the curb by sundown on June 5 because City crews will not be responsible for picking up any items left at the curb.

Examples of giveaway items can include books, CDs and DVDs, furniture, electronics and small appliances as well as sports equipment and toys (providing they meet current safety requirements), kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans and unwanted gifts.

Residents are asked to take only the items at the curb marked ‘free’, respect other people’s property by not walking on people’s lawns or gardens and to consider safety when deciding which items to give away.

For more information about Kick it to the Curb weekend, check out www.reddeer.ca.

– Fawcett

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