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City seeks to recognize Remarkable Recyclers

September 14, 2015 –

The City is again seeking to recognize and reward its most remarkable recyclers – and this time city councilors are also going to participate to help engage the community in the #WasteNotYGK challenge to reduce residential waste.

"I'm looking forward to participating in the Remarkable Recycler program with my family, teaching and sharing with my kids the importance of recycling," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "I encourage all Kingstonians to challenge yourself and your family to divert more waste by using your green bin, blue and grey boxes."

This April, the City of Kingston set the goal of diverting 60 per cent of residential waste from landfill by 2018 and 65 per cent in the long-term.

The remarkable recycler program will help kick-off the #WasteNotYGK challenge – it challenges all Kingstonians to use their green bins and blue and grey boxes to divert residential waste from landfill.

Take up the challenge!

If your household knows what to do with a plastic shopping bag or a cardboard can with metal ends once you are done with them, there's a good chance YOU are remarkable recyclers – and can encourage others to join you on Twitter at #WasteNotYGK.

Register to participate by emailing remarkable@cityofkingston.ca or by calling the City's customer service centre at 613-546-0000 by Sept. 25.

Participants will have their collectibles audited for sorting accuracy during the collection week of Sept. 28 or Oct. 5.  If your waste is correctly sorted and you've set out one bag of garbage or less, your household will get remarkable recycler blue and grey boxes during Waste Reduction Week, Oct. 19 to 25.

Successful participants will have their names entered in a random draw for a Kobo e-reader. Participants must live in a residential home in the city of Kingston with curbside recycling and garbage pick-up to be eligible. 

#WasteNotYGK!

Be reminded what to put out when: www.CityofKingston.ca/collection Don't know where it goes? www.CityofKingston.ca/waste

Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCityofKingston

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.