There's a nice thing about living in a central Ottawa apartment.
We leave things out for each other.
Not junk. Not rubbish. Good things that, for one reason or another, we no longer need.
In my building, we leave things in the side lobby near the mailboxes.
In my short time here I've picked up (and passed on to family) two nice shopping bags and a pair of winter boots. I have offered out a few books and a Chinese wok, all of which were picked up in minutes.
It's the best form of recycling and builds a sense of community.
I like it, hugely.