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Curbside Give Away Weekend

It’s time to Reduce your home’s clutter;

give someone the chance to Reuse things you no longer need,

by Recycling your clean and working goods!

June 7 & 8, 2014

October 18 & 19, 2014


HRM is calling on residents to participate in Curbside Give Away Weekend. Help discover the “Hidden Treasures” in your neighbourhood, community, and city. It’s another way to RETHINK GARBAGE and protect our most precious treasure – our environment. It's a great way to clear out outgrown and under-used household items - things that might be exactly what others are in looking for.

This event happens RAIN or SHINE. Please use your discretion when deciding whether or not to put items out to the curb.


The aim of this weekend event is to reduce the amount of garbage ending up in HRM’s landfill by diverting unwanted items to be re-used ! Reusing and Recycling household items instead of discarding them reduces pressures on our municipal facilities, and is a great way to not only get rid of your under-used items, but to find some great treasures of your own! On Curbside Give Away Weekend:


  • Place re-usable household items at the curb in front of your home on Friday evening;
  • Only place items for "FREE" with “Free” stickers or signs on items ;
  • Remove leftover items from the curb by dusk on Sunday;

With such a wide variety of treasure possibilities make sure to keep Give Away Weekend in mind before disposing of items for garbage in the upcoming weeks. Your participation in the event will help maximize landfill space by extending the lifecycle of items and making them available for reuse.



The Curbside Give Away Weekend Treasure Hunt theme is modeled on highly successful events held in other Canadian cities. Residents in Ottawa have enjoyed biannual events since 2007 and Winnipeg began hosting the event in 2009. With much success and participation reported in those areas, HRM is certain to experience the same results!

Best of luck in finding those treasures!



Rules for Setting out Treasures:

  • Place items at the curb on Friday evening of that weekend.
  • Place stickers or signs on items with the word “FREE”.
  • Give Away items should still be in good condition for “Re-use”.
  • Any items you want to keep should be away from your set out treasures or safely tucked away.
  • Material MUST BE REMOVED from the curb by dusk Sunday evening.
    • Treasures not removed can result in a By-Law violation, remember not to place materials curbside unless it is garbage collection day/week.


Treasures Include:

  • Books, CDs and DVDs
  • Furniture and small appliances
  • Sports equipment and toys
  • Tools
  • Yard and gardening equipment
    • e.g., lawn mowers, snow throwers, rakes, shovels)
  • Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
  • Unwanted gifts
  • Construction material including drywall and hardware
    • e.g., nails, bolts and screws
  • Electronics
  • Clothing
  • Paint



Treasure Hunting Etiquette:


  • Respect other people's property – don't walk or drive on people's lawns or gardens.
  • Take only the items at the curb marked "FREE".
  • Safety First: Obey the traffic laws at all times (e.g., don't block traffic, park illegally or block people's driveways with your vehicle).
  • Watch out for children.
  • Don't discard any items on another person’s lawn.



What shouldn’t be given away?


  • Any items that are not re-usable.
  • Any items infested with bed bugs (e.g., mattresses, furniture, bedding) . These are not treasures.
  • Visit the Consumer Product Safety Bureau to find out about items that aren’t safe to give away (e.g., baby walkers, lawn darts).



What to do with leftover Treasures?




  • Consider donating unwanted items to:
  • HRM Freecycle Network
  • Post your item for sale on Kijiji
  • If you consider your stuff garbage, then you can also place materials out on garbage collection day/week. Bulky items (e.g., furniture, mattresses) can be placed curbside for collection on your regular garbage collection day.
    • One bulky item per garbage collection day is permitted per household.
    • Material may be placed curbside the night before your regular garbage collection day.
  • Certain electronics are not accepted for curbside collection. Visit or call 1-877-462-8907 for details and drop-off locations.


Tell us about your successful treasure hunt!


Send your story and pictures of any great finds to or by mail: Curbside Giveaway
HRM Solid Waste Resources
PO Box 1749
Halifax, NS B3J 3A5



Share your unwanted treasures year round!

Re-use has been an everyday practice for most Nova Scotians long before recycling programs started. Items such as clothing, toys and even furniture can become unwanted before they wear out and we replace them with new items.

Some charities rely on donations of good reusable items. Donating gently used items is a great way to support local organizations and help the environment at the same time! Many daycares or community groups would be happy to receive those craft supplies that have been cluttering up your closet. Just be sure to call ahead to confirm what they are able to accept.

Only good used items are valuable to others and it is easy to donate them for re-use, so please respect the value of charity and do not dump materials next to bins that are full. When using a charitable group's drop off bin, please note they only want materials that can be re-used, they do not want your garbage.

Some organizations even provide a convenient pick up service. Check out the listing of charities in our Naturally Green Newsletter, or look in the Yellow Pages Directory for "Charitable & Non-Profit Organizations".