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City seeks to recognize Remarkable Recyclers

March 21, 2016 -

The City of Kingston wants to recognize its most remarkable recyclers and challenge the community to take up the #WasteNotYGK challenge to divert 60 per cent of residential waste from landfill by 2018.

"We want to be a community of Remarkable Recyclers. Recycling keeps waste out of landfill, but it also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions because it takes less energy to produce items made from recycled materials. If an item is recyclable, that means it has value, so it truly is not garbage," says Heather Roberts, manager of solid waste.

The remarkable recycler is part of the wider #WasteNotYGK challenge – it challenges all Kingstonians to reduce their waste by: buying less packaging and waste; buying or trading second-hand items; and using their green bins and blue and grey boxes to divert residential waste from landfill.

Take up the challenge!

Know what to do with a plastic shopping bag or a cardboard can with metal ends once you are done with them? YOU may already be 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 March 31.

Participants will have their collectibles audited for sorting accuracy during the collection week of April 4 or 11.  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 Earth Week, April 18 to 24.

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

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

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Media contact: For more information contact the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.