Precycle Day will return this year but will be held on a Saturday instead of a Wednesday and Thursday.

Precycle Day will return this year but will be held on a Saturday instead of a Wednesday and Thursday.

The event, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 27, promotes neighborhood relations by getting people out of their houses and talking to one another.

In response to suggestions by participants, the annual Precycle Day dates will change from the Wednesday and Thursday of Earth Week to the last Saturday in April. Precycle planning committee chairman Fred Yaeger said a second Precycle Day could be held in August.

This will be the fourth Precycle Day, which was the idea of Yaeger and Sustainable Worthington. Now the award-winning event is held in other communities, as well.

To "precycle," residents place unwanted but still usable items on the curbside in front of their houses to be taken -- for free -- by other residents.

The goal is to provide an opportunity for residents to find a place for some of their unused stuff, offer needed items to their neighbors and to be environmentally friendly by lessening the load on the waste stream.

Popular precycle items are toys, bikes, furniture, small appliances, plants, pots and pans, and building materials.

By moving Precycle Day to Saturday, more people are likely to participate because they usually have more free time on weekends, Yaeger said.

It also could decrease the danger to children, as they won't be walking to school during Precycle Day hours, when traffic is increased.

With more eyes watching, fewer "crashers" should be able to take metal parts to sell as scrap. In the past, some people even cut off electrical cords for the copper, Yaeger said.

People also will be deterred from taking non-Precycle items from yards, he said.

A drawback in the change could be that items that aren't taken no longer could be left for Saturday morning trash collection. Instead, everyone will be encouraged to either take items back inside at the end of the day or call a charity for pickup.

In reality, very little has been left untaken at the close of previous Precycle Days, Yaeger said.

Precycle has been a success since it was introduced in April 2010. In 2011, it was awarded the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio's Good Neighbor Emerald Award.