Join us for the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale 2018


SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018, 8am-4pm 640 Bank Street (at Clemow Avenue) Boston Pizza parking lot


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!

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Boston Pizza in the Glebe! This year, we will be hosting the Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale in their parking lot, located at 640 Bank Street at Clemow Avenue.



This year, we are continuing last year's resounding tree giveaway success, which was the single largest one-day distribution of trees Ottawa has ever seen!

At this year's Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale, on Saturday, May 26, over 100 of Ecology Ottawa's amazing volunteers will distribute 1,000s of free tree saplings at the event and to shoppers throughout the neighbourhood—giving away even more trees than last year! Every tree goes towards Ecology Ottawa's Tree Ottawa campaign, a city-wide effort to plant 1,000,000 new trees in Ottawa—1 tree for every resident in the city—to help Ottawa's tree canopy recover from the Emerald Ash Borer crisis.

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 640 Bank Street (in the Boston Pizza parking lot). In addition, we will be providing the public with access to portable washrooms, a hand washing station, and a water bottle refilling station—part of our commitment to the community. There will also be great music, Boston Pizza food and giveaways, and plenty of fun activities for kids! So be sure to stop by.



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 11th 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 over $80,000 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 26 at 640 Bank Street (in the Boston Pizza parking lot). 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 25 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 26 from 6am-6pm to help with the following roles:

  • Distribute 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
  • 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 also 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.

And we will gladly accept contributions of baked treats to feed our volunteers and to sell.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of the year’s most fun and exciting events:18838813_10155609527204734_898279114646164431_n

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 Léna Ndoye, [email protected], 613.860.5353.


Volunteers2016b-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 again focusing our efforts on distributing 1,000s of free trees to shoppers throughout the neighbourhood and creating a community hub during the event at 640 Bank Street (in the Boston Pizza parking lot). 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, [email protected].


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 [email protected].


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 26 at 640 Bank Street (in the Boston Pizza parking lot).



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, [email protected], 613.321.3392.

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