MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – Kansans will once again be able to pick up used furniture for free during Manhattan’s Furniture Amnesty Day on July 29.
The city said FAD is a free community event that gives residents the opportunity to donate or collect used furniture for free. Everyone is invited to participate without income conditions or forms to be completed to choose from the donated items.
According to the City, registration for furniture purchases will begin in City Park at 8 a.m. with free purchases scheduled in 15-minute intervals from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The City has indicated that FAD participants will be able to return to the park at the scheduled time and bring back up to five pieces of furniture free of charge. He said that items in a set, like tables and chairs, will only count as one item. No additional documents will be required.
The city said furniture will continue to be collected and dropped off throughout the day, so there will always be a new selection of products. He also said buyers will have to carry their items on their own as delivery service is not available.
“August is the most common month for Manhattanites to move,” said Ryan Courtright, assistant chief of hazard reduction for the Manhattan Fire Department. “We used to see a lot of abandoned furniture on the sidewalk every August. Since some waste disposal companies don’t pick up these large items, we were issuing numerous code violation notices and the furniture just sat and deteriorated. Furniture Amnesty Day was born from an idea to help solve this problem and provide this furniture to people who could use it.
The City has noted that furniture can be donated in two ways:
- Residents of the Manhattan city limits can register online by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 for volunteers to pick up their donated furniture from the curb of their home.
- Donations can be dropped off at Miller Field in City Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 29.
The City said acceptable donations include sofas, sofas, desks, recliners, end tables, dressers, headboards, chairs and kitchen tables. Donations that will not be accepted include mattresses, dishwashers, pianos, grills, refrigerators, televisions, computers or other electronic devices.
“Generally we don’t accept anything that needs to be plugged in,” Courtright said.
The city has said that any furniture not claimed by 4 p.m. on Friday will be open to the general public without registration. At 4:30 p.m., he announced that the event would end and the remaining pieces would be taken away by volunteers.
According to the City, volunteers will be available to pick up curbside furniture donations for anyone within city limits. He said volunteers can only pick up a maximum of five pieces of furniture per location.
To sign up for pickup services, click HERE.
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