The City of Nanaimo will hold a reuse trunk sale Sept. 9. STOCK PHOTO

City of Nanaimo hosts reuse trunk sale

Event aims to reduce waste sent to landfill and give household items longer lease on life

The City of Nanaimo is hosting a brand new reuse event this September.

The Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale will see vendors sell unwanted items from the trunk of their cars to bargain hunters, a press release says.

It’s a new and free event geared at giving unwanted household items a longer lease on life and reduce waste sent to the landfill. The city hopes it becomes an annual happening.

“There is a strong tradition of garage sale-ing in Nanaimo and hopefully the community will embrace this event,” said Charlotte Davis, city manager of sanitation, recycling and public works administration. “We want this event to be free and fun for all. Bring the whole family, grab a bargain and take a tour of our brand new garbage trucks.”

The event takes place Sept. 9. between 9 a.m. and noon at the parking lot of Nanaimo Curling Centre at 106 Wall Street. The city will have a new garbage truck available for tours and information about its new automated garbage collection system. People will also be able to enter the city’s Name that Garbage Truck contest for prizes and play a sorting game.

The press release says the sale is intended to promote the reuse and recycling of unwanted garage-sale type items. No retail-like booths or sale of new items is allowed, except if items for sale are made from recycled materials. Sellers must register in advance to reserve a spot by e-mailing Crystal Yuen at Crystal.Yuen@nanaimo.ca.