Halifax celebrates Waste Reduction Week with Curbside Give Away and Mobile Household Special Waste Drop-Off Events

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – It’s a great time of year to clean out your closets, free up much needed storage space, and properly dispose of household special waste not accepted for curbside pick-up.

Curbside Give Away Weekend, Oct. 17 & 18
This weekend give your clutter a second chance by placing gently used items no longer of use to you curbside with a sticker or sign clearly marked FREE for pick-up by other residents.

The goal of this event held each year during Waste Reduction Week and Environment Week, is to reduce the amount of garbage ending up in our municipal landfill by diverting unwanted items to be reused instead. Reusing and recycling household items instead of discarding them reduces pressure on our municipal facilities, and is a great way to get rid of your under-used items, and find some great free items of your own.

Follow these simple steps to participate in the Curbside Give Away:
• Place re-usable household items at the curb in front of your home on Friday evening.
• Clearly label your give away items with FREE stickers or signs, and only pick-up curbside items that are marked FREE.
• Remove leftover items from the curb by dusk on Sunday.
• Consider donating unclaimed items to charitable organizations.
• Place any remaining garbage for collection on your regular garbage day and week. Regular limits and preparation is required.

Please note this event happens rain or shine; use your discretion when deciding whether or not to put items out to the curb.

Promote your free items and plot your treasure hunt in advance by pinning and viewing available items on the Curbside Give Away map posted at www.halifax.ca/curbside. Residents are encouraged to pin the location and details of items to be put curbside to assist others in searching and finding specific items by neighbourhood. During the event, share your photos and stories via social media using the hashtag #hfxcurbside.

Mobile Special Waste Drop-Off Events
Residents looking to dispose of  special waste such as stale gas, motor oil and propane tanks, not acceptable for curbside collection can bring their materials to one of two mobile special waste depots being held during Waste Reduction Week:

Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sackville Transit Terminal, 7 Walker Avenue, Lower Sackville

Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mic Mac Mall, lower parking lot, Dartmouth

Materials that will be accepted at the household drop-off depot include: batteries; leftover liquid paint; leftover corrosive cleaners; pesticides/herbicides; gasoline; fuel oil and used motor oil; solvents; thinners; pharmaceuticals and drugs; aerosol cans containing hazardous substances; barbecue propane tanks; and, small propane cylinders (for example, those used for camp stoves and propane torches).

The Halifax Regional Municipality also operates a permanent Household Special Waste Depot at 20 Horseshoe Lake Drive, in the Bayers Lake Business Park. Drop-off times are on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Check www.halifax.ca/recycle/hhw.php for a complete list of upcoming mobile household special waste depot drop-off events. The household special waste drop-off depots are open only to residents in the Halifax region. Please note business waste is not permitted.

For more information on Halifax’s solid waste program visit www.halifax.ca/recycle or call 311.

Source: Release

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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