A city program that encourages residents to hand over their dusty knick-knacks will soon have a permanent home to store anything from playing cards to aged and useless road maps.
Opening today, the city’s reuse centre at 10004 103A Ave. will accept 150 different types of small household items that would normally end up in the garbage bin or stuffed in a closet, unused for decades.
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Any donated items are then sold to charities, daycares, and schools for $2 a bin — groups that can reuse the items rather than throwing them away and clogging landfills.
Garry Spotowski of the city’s waste management branch said the program currently diverts 30 tonnes of waste from landfills each year, and he expects having a permanent centre will increase that environmental impact.
“But it’s not meant to mimic a goodwill store,” he added. “We don’t want clothing or furniture, or appliances. It’s much more smaller stuff than that.”
He said aluminum pie plates, puzzles, shoeboxes, corks, and laundry soap scoops are just a few of the random items they’ll accept.
Groups can use donated items for arts and crafts projects while certain items like eye glasses will be handed over to an applicable charity.
The reuse program began as a fair in central Edmonton in the early 1990s and grew in popularity until one was held at least every month.