The FullCircles Blog

Multi-contributor blog on the topic of reusing, freecycling… garbology in general.

Brockville ON Canada: Sharing of Event/Festival Resources

Here’s an idea which will be of interest to the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Ottawa Advisory Board.  FEF (Ottawa) already provides financial assistance for “greening” of local Ottawa area festivals.

New Special Event Resource Centre Aims to Be Central Depository of Event Materials & Information For Eastern Ontario

Written by Dale Elliott
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 13:21


Brockville – The new Special Event Resource Centre in Eastern Ontario is now looking to the region’s local events and organizations to step forward to make use of the new center, share their inventory of materials and to take in one of the service’s upcoming event-planning workshops.

Centre manager and St. Lawrence 1812 Bicentennial Alliance Executive Director, Jan Bonhomme, says The goal is to provide event support to not only the upcoming 1812 bicentennial activities planned for 2012 but to all community events both large and small in the years to come.



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Ottawa’s Fall 2011 RRFM…


Ottawa’s 2011 Fall Really Really Free Market
Saturday, October 1, 2011

This is the approximate proposed location for Ottawa’s FullCircles Fall RRFM.  The pin marks the Vanier Community Services Centre.  The highlighted area is a closed section of Dupuis St, ending and visible from Montreal Road.

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Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market – Update

the Really Really Free Market, Mayday weekend ...

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Our Really Really Free Market has begun to take on a mind of its own.  We now have people contacting us to partner and that in itself is impressive.

Of course, the general market will be as it was planned from day one.  A Reuse to Reduce the amount of perfectly good items being prematurely recycled or sent to the landfill.  Drop what you don’t want; Take what you need!

The market is comprised of departments and the distribution starts at 10 a.m.  Our volunteers arrive at 8 a.m. to start setting up for drop offs that begin at 8:30 a.m.

We have invited several people to attend the market and we are expecting Vanier City Councillor Mathieu Fleury to arrive around 11 a.m.  I’m sure that Mr. Fleury will attract media attention and this is good for the ORRFM.  The more people that become aware of freecycling and gifting economies and begin to practice it, the less flow of items being prematurely recycled/trashed.

My favorite part of the market this year is Project Priceless: The Wedding Experiment.  Brian and Jordan are trying to get married for as cheap or free as possible.  I have been following Jordan as she finds creative and inventive ways to get things done.  Full Circles members have been contributing items and they will be at the market to meet, greet and collect donations from their fans.

This is not our first FullCircles Wedding,  it’s just been more publicized than most.  Our Fall market will feature the Tiny Budget Wedding and, if you have Chinese lanterns to offer, Lisa our Tiny Budget bride will be attending the spring market as a volunteer.

Of course, our eWaste Collector RD Long Computers is back with the big truck to collect all the unwanted electronics for the day.  Many will not understand this concept but in order to protect the citizens of the city, any electronics will be placed in eWaste on this particular day.  We can not risk that someones identification might be stolen by someone who is not a member of Full Circles and who can’t be found after the fact should this occur.

We are introducing for the first time a farmers/garden market.  Our sister group, Ottawa Plantcycle, will be in attendance.  We are hoping that people all over the city will want to bring seeds, cuttings, house plants and garden tools and accessories to share with other gardeners.

Once again, we will be doing a city wide donation for the Ottawa Food Bank.  The food will benefit the community and our Food Bank Sponsor, Feddie Osman from Holmes heating, will run the collection.  Feddie offers information on great H.V.A.C. deals from Holmes heating and for every sales lead Feddie donates a meal to the food bank…what more could the food bank ask for?

I am hoping for a re-purposing demonstration team to show people some of the simple things around the house that you can use for other things instead of throwing them out.  I have my milk delivered and at the top of those milk jugs are pulls that make the greatest cat toys ever.  They love to chase the plastic circles around.  I also have tops from those milk bottles that make the perfect furniture slides…so there are a lot of things you might have kicking around you never thought about using.

I have been contacted by the CIBC and they too wish to become involved.  We have been offered leaf collection bags, a very timely offer, to give away to everyone as long as supplies last.  We also hope to have volunteers from the bank helping us on that day.  Of course, we extend thanks to TD Friends of the Environment to whom we owe gratitude for their financial support for freecycling over the years with donations for such things as brochures, business cards, signage, and web hosting.

Another new addition to the market is the free BBQ and Raffle.  This is still tentative as I fill out forms trying to find donations of hot dogs, buns, drinks and a BBQ.  I have been offered a few nice items for the free raffle table.  For anyone who donates an item to the raffle your business will receive full credit and we hope that this promotes business for any business that donates.

Our media releases will start going out at the beginning of May.  We hope to welcome even more people into the market in the form of small business who want to promote themselves and share samples of their wares and we have approached several other charities in an effort to help find items for the good work that they are doing.

I will be starting our volunteer drive this week and I also want to promote our event on the free advertising pages which can be challenging.  If you know of a charity or a project that would like to show themselves off for the day you are more than welcome to give them my email address or contact me yourself.

I’m looking forward to June 4th and to meeting everyone who joins us to make this one of the greatest events that the City of Ottawa has ever seen.  Where else can you go and know that no matter what it is you do there it is all entirely FREE!

Kelly-Ann Wilson
Creator – Ottawa’s Really Really Market
Facilitator – Full Circles Ottawa

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Ottawa, Canada: [Spring] Cleaning The Capital

Questions and Answers – Cleaning the Capital

Cleaning the Capital

What is Cleaning the Capital?
When does Cleaning the Capital take place? When are key dates?

What kind of projects are available?

What about cleaning graffiti?

How do I register as a volunteer?

What if I need cleanup supplies?

What if I don’t need cleanup supplies?

What if I can’t find a project team?

Why should I volunteer?

What is Capital Cleanup Weekend?

How do I get involved?

What do I do with the garbage/litter I collect?

What about leaves?

Are there some basic safety tips we should follow?

How can I win a prize?

Why should I fill out an on-line cleanup report?

What is my registration code? How can I obtain it?

How can I get my Cleaning the Capital Thank you Certificate?

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Apr 30: Ottawa – Solar Power Fair

Solar Power Fair

Ottawa Solar Power Fair!

Save the Date: Saturday April 30, Ottawa City Hall

Like the Beatles’ sang: “It’s been a long cold, lonely winter …. here comes the Sun”. Come learn about solar power options for your home, business, school, church or community organization at the first OTTAWA SOLAR POWER FAIR.

The fair is free and open to the public. Activities have been developed for kids so you can bring them as well!

Solar Display

Meet with Solar Power Suppliers and Installers and test out their products and services. Get information from booths about the How To’s of Solar Power. Get connected with resource to help you.

Solar Power Spotlights

Short 30 Minute Presentations on:

  • Investing in Solar Power 101
  • Finding Suppliers/Installers
  • Solar PV & Your Bottom Line
  • Insurance & Real Estate
  • Financing Options , and more …

Solar Sites Tour

Visit actual solar sites across the City and meet people who’ve installed solar panels. Sign up for the Solar Bus Tour (free), car pool to sites with friends, or bike to sites closer to the City core.


If you would like to help us spread the word, please grab a copy of our flyer and pass it on to your friends, family and contacts!


Please see the About page for contact information.



Photo courtesy of Generation PV




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FullCircles Ottawa Welcomes Project Priceless

When our host on the FullCircles Blog, Sara Danbrook, read Brian and Jordan’s wedding experiment story, she took the initiative  to invite them to our group.  Members of FCO have already successfully freecycled weddings and Sara was sure that we as a group would be able to help.

We are pleased to let you know that they accepted.  We have corresponded with Jordan and she has agreed to take a table at our “Ottawa’s Really Really Free Market” on June 4th.  We expect this will lend a lot of excitement to the day with all the positive energy it will create.

As a group we anticipate that we will be able to help with a lot of the decorating and items that set the tone for their Big  Day.  However, this bright young couple has been able to receive “donations” in other areas.

If you would like to follow Brian and Jordan’s experiment you can follow the Project Priceless blog and on their Facebook page.

Welcome Brian and Jordan and the Project Priceless Wedding Experiment!

Team Full Circles Ottawa

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