WHAT IS OLD IS NEW AGAIN…VAUGHAN’S CURBSIDE GIVEAWAY
Vaughan’s first event welcomes spring cleaners and treasure hunters
The City of Vaughan launched its very first curbside giveaway event, which offers residents the chance to part with unwanted, gently used items and treasure hunters the opportunity to discover a few gems. The first of six weekends took place on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 and will continue take place on the last weekend of the month, May to October. The next event will take place on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. Items can be placed at the curb on Saturday starting at 7 a.m. Unclaimed items must be removed by 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Books, furniture, small appliances, sports equipment, toys, tools and kitchen gadgets are some examples of acceptable reusable items that can be put out. Pieces placed curbside must have a “FREE – Curbside Giveaway” sign on them and treasure hunters should only take things marked as such. Residents should ensure bicycles and other personal items are put away during this time so they aren’t taken by mistake. Click here for a list of products CAN and CANNOT BE placed at curb. Products listed on Health Canada’s consumer product safety website (such as baby walkers or car seats) are not acceptable items. Click here to be redirected to the Health Canada’s consumer product safety website.
Curbside giveaways help to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by giving useful items a new life. They also promote reuse, contribute to a more sustainable city and build a stronger community. Residents are encouraged to participate by walking or cycling around the neighbourhood. The three other 2017 curbside giveaway weekends are scheduled for:
- July 29 and Sunday, July 30
- Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27
- Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1
- Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29
Participants can use #curbsideVAUGHAN on Twitter or join our Facebook event to either post pictures of items they’ve put out or search for items of interest. Unclaimed reusable items can be donated to a local charity. If the item is considered to be garbage, it should be disposed of on the regular waste collection day. Curbside limits and set-out rules apply.
Curbside giveaway etiquette and safety tips:
Place signs on items with the word “FREE – Curbside Giveaway”
- Keep items you do not want to give away close to your house, or inside to avoid confusion
- Give Away items should still be in good condition for re-use
- Keep sidewalks and fire hydrants clear
- Obey traffic laws at all times (e.g., don’t block traffic, park illegally or block people’s driveways with your vehicle)
- Material must be removed from the curb by dusk Sunday evening – treasures not removed can result in a By-Law violation