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City thanks residents for battery pick-up success

December 7, 2016 -

The City of Kingston's first-ever battery collection yielded 4,780 kgs (10,538 lbs) of batteries in just one week.

"Residents should be very proud of their efforts. Thanks to their participation, we collected about 160kg more batteries than our goal. It's fantastic that we've kept all those batteries out of landfill and that the contents of those batteries can be recycled into new material," says Heather Roberts, manager solid waste. Given the success of the initiative, the City will review if this program should be repeated next year.

Batteries are hazardous to the environment, so removing them from the waste going to landfill has a significant impact.

The City collects an average of 310,750kgs (685,087 lbs) of garbage every week – approximately equivalent to the weight of 23 transit buses.

Roberts notes that resident participation in recycling and other waste diversion efforts is key to helping reach the City's goal of diverting 60 per cent of household waste from landfill by 2018.

The battery collection took place the week of November 7 – the same week the City launched its waste customer satisfaction survey.

Majority of waste survey participants "satisfied" with collection services

The survey received 1,318 responses. They showed:

  • 88.9 per cent of respondents are satisfied or very satisfied with collection services;
  • 89.3 per cent are satisfied with the blue/grey box recycling program; and
  • 84.8 per cent are satisfied with the green bin program.

The results of the survey will set a baseline for measuring success in future years.

Share your waste-saving ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #WasteNotYGK and find them anytime at www.CityofKingston.ca/WasteNot.

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. 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. 

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