Reuse Rendezvous

Saturday & Sunday, August 8-9, 2020

Looking to declutter your home, garage or workplace? Give old household items a new life with the City of Nanaimo's annual city-wide swap meet!

Reuse Rendezvous is a community event to celebrate the Zero Waste principles of reuse and redistribution!  You know the old saying - One person's trash is another person's treasure.  As a redistributor or a bargain lover, your participation in Reuse Rendezvous helps keep usable goods out of the landfill and reduces the need for production of brand new goods.

Redistributors – Find a match for your unwanted-but-usable household goods.

  • Mark the item with a “FREE” tag.
  • By Saturday morning, set your items at your curb - Please do not block sidewalks or bike paths.
  • Watch out for the weather! Sun is in the forecast, but keep an eye out on your items so they don't get ruined by rain or blown away by the wind.
  • Feel good over the weekend as you watch your items find a new home.
  • Bring back any unwanted items by Monday, August 10 - The City will NOT be collecting these items.

Bargain Lovers – Join in by searching the city for marked free items you can take home and reuse.

  • Search for treasures in your neighbourhood, or explore other areas of the city. Stay Zero Waste conscious - Only take items you can put to use.
  • Stay safe when searching for bargains:
    • Slow down and watch for children.
    • Park carefully - Please do not block roadways, sidewalks or bike paths; turn off your vehicle.
    • Obey traffic signs and speed limits.
  • Please be diligent in observing BC CDC's guidelines on COVID-19, including:




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*CANCELLED* - Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale

Saturday, July 18, 2020

The 2020 Nanaimo Recycles Trunk Sale has been cancelled due to COVID-19 event limitations.  After much consideration, it was decided the capacity constraints would not allow high value of time for our sellers, and waste diversion results would be limited.  We encourage you to participate in our Reuse Rendezvous over the weekend of August 8-9.

The sale consists of vendors selling their unwanted items from the trunk of their car to bargain hunters. This free reuse event aims to give unwanted household items a longer lease on life and to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

This sale is intended to promote reuse and recycling of unwanted “garage sale” type items. No retail-type booths or sale of new items will be permitted. The only new items permitted for sale are items made from recycled materials.

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Last updated: August 6, 2020

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