LETHBRIDGE - With autumn just around the corner, Environment Lethbridge is inviting locals to kick the clutter during the 7th annual Reuse Rendezvous on Sept. 7, 8, and 9.
Reuse Rendezvous was first launched by the City of Lethbridge in 2011 and is now hosted by Environment Lethbridge to give residents the opportunity to give away unwanted gently used items to their friends and neighbours.
Environment Lethbridge Executive Director Kathleen Sheppard says Reuse Rendezvous is the perfect opportunity to declutter and pass on items that people no longer need.
“It’s also a great opportunity to find new-to-you treasures,” she continued. “For students returning for the fall semester, it’s the perfect way to furnish an apartment or dorm room.”
Reuse Rendezvous has continued to grow every year. In 2015, 165 households were registered, by 2017 that number had grown to 376 households.
This year’s registrations are on pace to exceed that number as well.
A release from Environment Lethbridge states it’s difficult to accurately determine the number of items that are exchanged during Reuse Rendezvous, but survey results estimate that over 1000 boxes of smaller items and nearly 700 larger items, such as furniture, were given away in 2017.
Participating in Reuse Rendezvous is easy, residents should place items marked “Free” in front of their homes on the evening of Sept. 7.
Over the weekend, people are invited to cruise the streets and help themselves to any of the items, free of charge.
On the evening of Sept. 10, any remaining items should be reclaimed by their original owners.
Residents who want to participate in Reuse Rendezvous are also encouraged to register their location on an online map hosted by Environment Lethbridge, by visiting their website here.
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