The Garage Sale Trail has been launched, encouraging Canberrans to reuse items instead of leaving them as waste to landfill.
Residents with unwanted items are encouraged to hold a garage sale and participate in the upcoming National Garage Sale Trail weekend on 19-20 October.
"Reusing is even more important than recycling in terms of minimising environmental impacts," Minister Steel said.
"The ACT Government is committed to reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill and this is a great way for the community to get involved and do their part."
Thousands of community groups and householders across Australia have registered their sale, with over 300 registered garage sales expected in Canberra.
"For those not planning on holding their own sale, you can head along to shop the trail - grab yourself a bargain and help keep avoidable items out of landfill," Minister Steel said.
Minister Steel said that GIVIT - a national not-for-profit organisation that matches donated items with those who need them - would be on hand encouraging Canberrans to donate unsold items at the end of the sale weekend.
"After the sale, if you still have items you no longer need or want, please consider visiting the GIVIT website at www.givit.org.au to see how you may be able to donate items and assist someone in need," Minister Steel said.
An interactive map listing all the garage sales is available online.
For more information, visit: www.garagesaletrail.com.au/act
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