October 17th, 2018

Reuse Rendezvous to return Sept. 7-9


By Purcell, Dylan on August 30, 2018.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com

An opportunity to declutter or to furnish a place is coming up for Lethbridge residents to take part in.

The seventh annual Reuse Rendezvous is back to help residents give away gently used items from Sept. 7-9.

First launched by the City of Lethbridge in 2011, Reuse Rendezvous is now hosted by Environment Lethbridge which gives residents the opportunity to have their gently used items reused by friends and neighbours who need them.

“Reuse Rendezvous is the perfect opportunity to declutter and pass on items that you no longer need,” said Kathleen Sheppard, executive director with Environment Lethbridge, in a press release. “It’s also a great opportunity to find new-to-you treasures. For students returning for the fall semester, it’s a perfect way to furnish an apartment or dorm room.”

Reuse Rendezvous continues to grow every year with an increase in participants from 165 households in 2015, to 367 households in 2017. This year’s registrations are on pace to exceed that number as well.

Reuse Rendezvous survey results estimate over 1,000 boxes of smaller items and nearly 700 larger items, such as furniture, were given away in 2017.

Environment Lethbridge has made it easy to participate in the Reuse Rendezvous, by just placing 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.

After the event, on the evening of Sept. 10, any remaining items should be reclaimed by their original owners.

Residents who wish to participate in the 2018 Reuse Rendezvous are encouraged to register their location on an online map hosted by Environment Lethbridge. Participants can also get a free lawn sign at the Environment Lethbridge office (319-6 St. S.).

More information about the Reuse Rendezvous, including information on how to register, can be found at environmentlethbridge.ca/reuse or on Environment Lethbridge’s Facebook page.

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