Curbside Giveaway Day


RAIN OR SHINE! *the day after the Parade of Garage Sales

Give your reusable unwanted items a new home and keep them out of the landfill! Don't trash your unwanted items, they may be someone else's treasure! Set reusable unwanted items out at the curb on Giveaway Day. Tour your neighbourhood and the whole town to find hidden treasures.

Thank you for participating in the annual Giveaway Day – it's another way to reduce waste going to the landfill! The Curbside Giveaway Day is modeled after highly successful events held in other Canadian cities, like Ottawa and Winnipeg. Good luck with the treasure hunt!

Rules for setting out items

  • All FREE items must be placed at the curb on your front street
  • Label items with a ‘FREE sign or sticker
  • Ensure items you do not want as part of this event are far away from the curb or safely stored away 
  • Remove leftover/unclaimed items from the curb by 7 p.m. on Sunday
  • Giveaway items should still be in good condition for re-use
  • Unclaimed items left at the curb will not be picked up with the regular garbage collection – you are responsible for the removal of these items. See below for suggestions on getting rid of unclaimed items 

Giveaway Etiquette

  • Respect other people's property – don't walk or drive on lawns, gardens or go up driveways
  • Take only the treasures marked free at the curb
  • Don't discard previously picked-up treasures on another person's lawn
  • Obey traffic laws (e.g. don't block traffic or park illegally)

Giveaway Items Could Include

  • Books, CDs, DVDs
  • Old furniture and small appliances
  • Sports equipment and toys
  • Kitchen gadgets, dishes, pots and pans
  • Electronics
  • Clothing
  • Yard and gardening equipment (e.g. lawn mowers, snow blowers, rakes, shovels)
  • Construction materials – including drywall, paint and hardware such as nails, bolts and screws
  • Unwanted gifts

What not to give

  • Items infested with bed bugs (e.g. mattresses, bedding)
  • Toilets
  • Visit the Consumer Product Safety Bureau to find out about items that aren't safe to give away  (e.g. baby cribs, lawn darts, car seats)
  • Dangerous or hazardous goods (e.g. batteries, cleaning fluids, items with sharp edges)

What to do with unclaimed items

  • Visit the Waste Wizard page to find out the best place to take your unwanted and unclaimed items
  • Leftover items can be donated to charitable organizations or taken to the Foothills Salvage Centre
  • Consider posting your unwanted items on OkotoksFreecycle, Kijiji or Craigslist
Event type
Community, Sustainablility