Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale


SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017, 8am-4pm
680 & 690 Bank Street (at Glebe Avenue)
Rogers Plus & Kunstadt Sports parking lots


It’s our favourite time of year again… Soon the entire Glebe will be abuzz with lawn-hawking like you’ve never seen. It’s this annual mecca of bargain-hunters from near and far that gave birth to Ecology Ottawa’s Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale!



This year, we are doing something special! In honour of our 10th Annual Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale, on Saturday, May 27, over 100 of Ecology Ottawa’s amazing volunteers will distribute 1,000s of free tree saplings to shoppers throughout the neighbourhood—the single largest one-day distribution of trees Ottawa has ever seen! As part of Canada’s 150 celebrations, Ecology Ottawa’s Tree Ottawa campaign is leading a city-wide effort to plant 1,000,000 new trees in Ottawa—1 tree for every resident in the city!

Our energetic volunteers will fan out throughout the neighbourhood all day, giving away 1,000s of free trees! Be on the look out for smiling folks in green hard hats.

We encourage you to come get your free tree at our event headquarters at 680 & 690 Bank Street (in the Rogers Plus and Kunstadt Sports parking lots). In addition, we will be hosting a veggie BBQ, as well as providing the public with access to portable washrooms, sinks, and a water bottle refilling station—part of our commitment to the community. There will also be activities for kids… and you know we’re always cooking up other fun surprises! So be sure to stop by.

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What started as a humble fundraiser in 2008, has grown into a carnival unto itself that community members look forward to each year. Now in its 10th year, the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale has become one of Ecology Ottawa’s flagship annual events.

The Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale produces incredible benefits for the community, including:

  • Raised nearly $75,000 to date for Ecology Ottawa and the Ottawa Food Bank.
  • Introduces and builds grass-roots support for environmental issues among a wide and diverse audience in the city.
  • Creates hundreds of hands-on volunteer opportunities.
  • Provides valuable services to residents and shoppers.
  • Diverts tonnes of useful items from the landfill to new, loving homes.
  • Supports dozens of incredible local organizations in need of household items.
  • Brings together diverse community members for a fun and entertaining event.

Everything is coordinated by more than 100 passionate volunteers, without whom this event would not be possible. We have generated widespread interest throughout the community and the media, including from the Ottawa Citizen, CBC Radio, and CTV2. See past TV interviews to the right, and you can listen to our 2017 interview on CHUO’s This is Heart City program here.

This event is part of the community-wide Great Glebe Garage Sale that takes place across the neighbourhood, organized by the Glebe Community Association.

We hope to see you on Saturday, May 27 at 680 & 690 Bank Street (in the Rogers Plus and Kunstadt Sports parking lots). Bring your wallet, an empty stomach, and everyone you know… and leave with a free tree!

Looking for a place to park your vehicle? Join our partner Your Credit Union’s fight against ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease by parking in their lot. Located at 14 Chamberlain Avenue, they are only a short walk away from the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale. For a $10 donation, you can park worry free and feel good about supporting local ALS patients.

To help make the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale a success, please read on to learn how you can volunteer to support this fun and important community event.


SignUpToVolunteerTo make this event run smoothly and pull off the city’s biggest free tree giveaway ever, we need lots of volunteers for various jobs (and as much or as little time as you can afford).

Volunteering for this event is a lot of fun, and opportunities are available for folks of all ages. Food and refreshments will be provided. And yes, volunteering for the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale can count towards your high school volunteer requirement!

We are currently seeking volunteers on Friday, May 26 from 2pm-8pm to help with the following roles:

  • Set-up tables, tents, barriers, etc.
  • Organize materials for the tree giveaway
  • Develop and display signage for the event
  • Create some promotion using sidewalk chalk
  • Pick-up donated or borrowed items for the event

We are currently seeking volunteers on Saturday, May 27 from 6am-6pm to help with the following roles:

  • Volunteers2016a-300Distribute free trees to folks at our venue and throughout the neighbourhood
  • Staff the Ecology Ottawa information table to answer questions about our programs, projects, and priorities
  • Staff the veggie BBQ
  • Monitor waste from the event and make sure it is sorted properly (recycling, green bin, garbage, etc.)
  • Help clean up the site after the event
  • Take down tables, tents, barriers, etc.
  • Drop-off donated or borrowed items from the event

To make the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale possible, we rely on volunteers who have access to a vehicle (or a bike with trailer) to help pick up some items donated to the event from our partners or borrowed from our supporters. We also require help returning some of these items after the event.

Volunteers2016b-300And we will gladly accept contributions of baked items to feed our volunteers and to sell at the veggie BBQ.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the year’s most fun and exciting events:

PLEASE COMPLETE OUR VOLUNTEER FORM and we will follow-up with you shortly. This will greatly help us coordinate the more than 100 volunteers we expect to sign up.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Rozenn Richardeau,, 647.673.4215.


Volunteers2016e-300Ecology Ottawa is eternally grateful for the amazing support we have received from our generous donors over the years. Together, we have helped keep countless tonnes of waste out of landfills and supported dozens of incredible community organizations.

This year, we are focusing our efforts on distributing 1,000s of free trees to shoppers throughout the neighbourhood and creating a community hub during the event at 680 & 690 Bank Street (in the Rogers Plus and Kunstadt Sports parking lots). As such, we won’t be accepting donations of household items.

We are excited to be partnering with the Glebe Community Association (GCA) to publish a list of community organizations that are collecting items for this event. We encourage you to do some spring cleaning and support one of these other groups with your unwanted household donations. And if you know of any other groups that are collecting items, add them to the list by contacting Colette Downie,

Volunteers2016g-300We are also partnering with the GCA to support their community-wide efforts to collect leftover household items after the event and ensure everything gets donated to worthy organizations or recycled responsibly. Collection points have been organized throughout the neighbourhood to collect leftover clothing, household goods, books, furniture, bikes, computers, monitors, electronic waste, and more! Check out all the details to find out what you can drop off, when, and where.

Better yet, we encourage you to join us in supporting the GCA’s environmental stewardship efforts by volunteering with them before and after the event, as well. If you are interested in getting involved with the GCA or have any questions about their efforts, please contact Angela Keller-Herzog,, 613.769.3794.

If you have items to donate year-round, we are excited to share the following list of organizations that accept donations of household items year-round. This list includes community groups we have contacted to confirm the details of what they accept. If you would like to add to this list or submit an update, please contact


Last, but not least, please tell all your friends, family, and colleagues in Ottawa about Ecology Ottawa’s Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale. We greatly appreciate you helping to get the word out.

  • Share our event with your friends on Facebook
  • Tweet about the event on Twitter

Thank you all for your incredible support and for helping to make this event the best and greenest ever! We hope to see you on Saturday, May 27 at 680 & 690 Bank Street (in the Rogers Plus and Kunstadt Sports parking lots).



Check out photos from our past events:

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BMOBear2016-300On behalf of Ecology Ottawa and the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale, we would like to thank our generous past and present partners, sponsors, and supporters. We would also like to thank the Glebe Community Association for organizing the community-wide Great Glebe Garage Sale. And the biggest thanks of all goes to the generous donors and tireless volunteers who are the lifeblood of this event. Without all this support, the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale would not be possible. THANK YOU ALL!

If you would like to discuss partnership, sponsorship, and other supporting opportunities, please contact Josh Snider,, 613.321.3392.

Major partners

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Sponsors and community supporters

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Past supporters

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