Another opportunity for Red Deerians to pick up some freebies happens this weekend when Kick it to the Curb returns.
On Saturday and Sunday, residents are encouraged to put their unwanted, gently used items on their front property. They are asked to ensure other items on the lawn are kept far away from the give-away items.
Clearly label them as “free” and remove them after the weekend is over, says the city.
Nancy Hackett, the city’s environmental initiatives supervisor, said it’s difficult to track how many residents get involved in the initiative, because items can disappear so quickly from the curb.
“When we have done surveys, it’s one of our most popular programs, with 80 to 90 per cent of people in Red Deer saying they heard of it,” Hackett said.
“I think it’s a great way to reduce and reuse. You’re not getting all that extra packaging. You’re not manufacturing an item again if you can reuse an item that someone no longer wants.”
People can also drop off, or pick up items, at the Trash to Treasure Swap Meet at Kerry Wood Nature Centre, held in conjunction with Kick it to the Curb.
The nature centre event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Hackett said the swap meet is a great opportunity for people to get involved, if they don’t have a yard.
Hackett said this year, Kick it to the Curb is being held the third weekend of each month between May and October.
If people can’t participate this weekend, there are still two more chances — Sept. 21 to 22, and Oct. 19 to 20.
For a list of prohibited items during Kick it to the Curb, like child car seats, or for more information about the event, visit www.reddeer.ca/kickit.