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City survey asks: How can we waste less and divert more?

April 7, 2015 -

Clear bags? Collection every second week? How would you improve Kingston's waste diversion rate?

You have until this Friday, April 10 to do the City of Kingston's waste survey at www.CityofKingston.ca/GetInvolved and enter to win a Kobo eReader. 

It asks about your household's composting, waste sorting and disposal habits – and about what the City can do to help you and your neighbours recycle or compost even more. It asks you to indicate your level of support for these options:

  • Every second week garbage collection
  • Full user-pay garbage collection (every garbage bag/container would require a tag)
  • Increased promotion of waste diversion programs
  • Use of clear garbage bags
  • Offering 50 garbage bag tags per household a year
  • Offering 25 garbage bag tags per household a year
  • Call-in paid pick-up of metal appliances and fixtures

A recent waste audit shows about half of what's put in Kingston garbage bags could be composted or recycled. The City aims to divert 60 per cent of Kingston's residential waste by 2018 and 65 per cent in the long term.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 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. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. 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, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.