I like that, I'm sure charities might not, seeing they might see a decline in donations, unless they send their fleet out on that day.
Discover hidden treasures
One person's junk is another person's gold. This tale bodes true at the first city-wide Give Away Day on Saturday, June 23 (Rain Date: Sunday, June 24).
Don't put your unwanted bounty pieces in the garbage. Set them out at the curb on Give Away Day. For you treasure hunters, tour your neighbourhood, community and city to find those hidden gems.
Books, CDs and DVDs
Old furniture and small appliances
Construction materials - including drywall and hardware such as nails, bolts and screws
Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
Unwanted gifts from the holidays and weddings
Please consider safety when deciding which items to set out to the curb.
The Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that used children's items such as baby walkers, yo-yo balls, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, blinds, toys and other child-related items should not be placed out at the curb.
Rules for setting out the treasures
Place items at the curb from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place stickers or signs on items with the word "FREE"
Ensure any items that you want to keep are away from your setout treasures or tucked away safely in your garage
After 4 p.m., bring any uncollected gems back to your home
Treasure hunting etiquette
Respect other people's property, don't walk on people's lawns and gardens.
Take only the treasures marked free at the curb.
Don't discard previously picked-up treasures on another person's lawn.
We wish you best of luck in finding those treasures. It's another way to RETHINK GARBAGE, protecting our most precious treasure - our environment.
Unfound treasures can be donated to charitable organizations.
A better idea than filling up the landfill is filling up a Web site for prospective buyers for your unwanted gems. Visit usedottawa.com for some ideas for recycling your used items.
You can get tips from the Junk Brothers on how to transform your trash into treasure.
You can learn more about freecycling by checking out the Ottawa Freecycle Network - who help reduce the flow of trash into our landfills by connecting people who want to get rid of unwanted "stuff" with people looking for free "stuff".
Other freecycle-like Web sites include Craigslist and Kijiji.
Besides Give Away Day, other initiatives to maximize landfill space include the Take it Back! Program and one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots.
If people who are picking up items read and follow the instructions, nothing.What ensues?
I wonder if this work work for my mother in-law?It clearly states the items to be taken must be marked with a sticker stating the item is "free". ie: No sticker, no free item.