Winnipeggers gear up for giveaway weekend

Winnipeggers can go curbside shopping again this weekend.
Winnipeggers are encouraged to leave unwanted household goods at the curbside for the third annual giveaway weekend. (CBC)
Items should be in good condition and marked as "free." (CBC)

Winnipeggers can go curbside shopping again this weekend.

For the third year in a row, the city is holding a spring giveaway weekend. Residents are encouraged to put out unwanted household items at the curb on Saturday and Sunday.

The city says the project helps redirect those items that might otherwise end up in the landfill.

What to give

  • 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

Items set out at the curb are required to be in good condition and marked as "free."

The city launched the giveaway weekend in the fall of 2009 and although only an estimated three per cent of households participated, the city considered it a success and decided to expand it to two weekends for 2010.

The second giveaway weekend this year is scheduled for Sept. 8 and 9.

Examples of giveaway items and etiquette can be found on the city's website, by clicking on the link at the top right of this page.

Leftover items must be removed from the curb by dusk on Sunday. Residents are encouraged to donate to local charities any items that weren't taken during the weekend.

The Consumer Product Safety Bureau lists items that aren't safe to give away, such as old-style metal tip lawn darts.