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Holidays to affect City schedule

December 16, 2013 -

City services and facilities will be affected by the holidays as follows:

Christmas Holiday Green Bin, Garbage And Recycling Schedule

There is no collection on Wednesday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) or Thursday, Dec. 26 (Boxing Day). Collection for the rest of this week will shift TWO days after your regular pick-up day, like this:

  • Wednesday's collection will take place Friday, Dec. 27.
  • Thursday's collection will take place Saturday, Dec. 28.
  • Friday's collection will take place Sunday, Dec. 29.

New Year's Holiday Green Bin, Garbage And Recycling Schedule

There is no collection on Wednesday, Jan. 1 and collection shifts to ONE day after your regular pick-up day for the rest of the week.

Two-Untagged Bag Reminder: Your household can put out two untagged bags of garbage for YOUR FIRST COLLECTION DAY AFTER New Year's Day. 

Never Miss Collection Day Again: Go to  to sign-up to receive collection reminders by phone, text or email. The reminders keep track of holiday and seasonal changes for you. The City also offers a FREE "Kingston Waste" app for use on your Apple or Android device.

Kingston Transit Schedule

Plan your bus trip at

  • Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Regular service.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25 – No service.
  • Thursday, Dec. 26 – Sunday service.
  • Friday, Dec. 27 and Saturday, Dec. 28 – Regular service.
  • Sunday, Dec. 29 – Sunday service.
  • Monday, Dec. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 31 – Regular service.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 1 – No service.
  • Thursday, Jan. 2 – Regular service.

Kingston Access Services – limited service December 25, 26 and January 1. Expanded evening hours are being offered on December 31 (in addition to regular service).

Office/Facilities Schedules

Administrative Offices, including Community and Family Services and Housing on Montreal Street and Provincial Offences: Closed December 25, 26 and January 1. The regularly scheduled extended hour of service on Tuesday will not be offered on Tuesday, December 24 and December 31.  The office will close at 4:30 on both of these days

  • Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Close at noon on December 24 and 31. Closed December 25, 26 and January 1. In the event of a utility emergency, such as a gas smell, power outage or a water main break, call Utilities Kingston/Kingston Hydro's 24-hour number at 613-546-1181. (Hydro One electricity customers in City west and east can call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call  1-877-969-0999)
  • Kingston Frontenac Public Libraries: Closed December 24, 25, 26, 29 and 31, and January 1.
  • Beechgrove Complex Recreation Centre: Open until 1:30 p.m. on December 24 and December 31. Closed December 25, 26 and January 1.
  • INVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre: Open until 1:30 p.m. on December 24 and December 31. Closed December 25, 26 and January 1.
  • Portsmouth Olympic Harbour – Building: Closed December 25 and 26 and January 1. Marina Office: Closed for the 2013 boating season and will open May 2014.
  • Arenas: Open until 4 p.m. on December 24 and 31. Closed December 25 and 26 and January 1.
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: Open 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. December 24. Closed December 25 through January 1 reopening at noon on Thursday, Jan. 2. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC):  Closed December 25, 26 and January 1. Christmas trees can be dropped off free-of-charge at KARC, 196 Lappan's Lane.

Reduce Holiday Waste

Give your gifts a good wrap. 

Most wrapping paper cannot be recycled because it has too much coloured ink and dye – and is a fire hazard if burned (because it reaches too high a temperature too quickly). Most wrapping paper is garbage. It ends up in landfill.

Use recyclable or reusable wrap, like re-usable fabric or paper gift bags; brown paper wrapping or newspaper; gift boxes; or wrap a toy inside a new pair of socks – or a kitchen gizmo in a tea cloth. Non-glittery tissue paper can go in the Green Bin (please remove tape).

Don't give packaging.

Buy or make gifts that are all present and no package. Less packaging = less waste.

Green Bin your leftovers.

Once everyone has had their fill of holiday feasting, toss leftovers in the Green Bin, including: meat and bones, gravy, flour, fruits and vegetables, jams, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, nuts and shells, eggs, egg shells, bread, butter, cheese, and cake (if you really, truly, don't want it). Soiled paper products like paper plates, towels, tissues and napkins can go in there, too.

Compost your Christmas tree.

Christmas trees can be dropped off at:

  • Norterra Organics – the company that composts the City's Green Bin contents – at 2069 Joyceville Rd.  Please call 613-546-0884 for hours of operation.
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC), 196 Lappan's Lane, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Both these facilities are closed December 25, 26 and January 1.

Please: Make sure no tinsel or decorations remain on the tree.

Do not use Christmas trees for firewood. They create a lot of creosote when burned, making them a fire hazard. Locate your Christmas tree safely away from any heat source.


Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext 2300.

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