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December 21, 2015 –

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

Christmas holiday green bin, garbage and recycling schedule

There is no collection on Friday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day). Put your items out on Sunday, Dec. 27, instead.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday collection days are NOT affected by the holiday.

New year's holiday green bin, garbage and recycling schedule

There is no collection on Friday, Jan. 1.  Put your items out on Saturday, Jan. 2, instead.

Two-untagged bag reminder: Your household can put out two untagged bags or cans of garbage for your first collection day after New Year's Day (the two-bag collection days are Jan. 2,4, 5, 6 and 7).

Never miss collection day: Go to  to sign-up to receive collection reminders by phone, text or email.  They 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

  • Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24 – Regular service.
  • Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25 – No service.
  • Boxing Day, Saturday, Dec. 26 – Sunday service – except for Route 18, which will run on a weekday service.
  • New Year's Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31 – Regular service.
  • New Year's Day, Friday, Jan. 1 – No service.

Kingston Access services – limited service Dec. 25, 26, 28 and Jan. 1. Expanded evening hours are being offered on Dec. 31 (in addition to regular service).

Office/facilities schedules

Administrative offices, including housing and social services on Montreal Street and Provincial Offences: Closed Dec. 25, 28 (to observe Boxing Day) and Jan. 1.

  • Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed at noon on Dec. 24 and 31. Closed Dec. 25, 28 and Jan. 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 Library branches:  Closed Dec. 24 to 27 and Dec. 31 to Jan. 1.
  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre: Open until 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Closed Dec. 25, 26 and January 1.
  • INVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre: Open until 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1.
  • Portsmouth Olympic Harbour: Closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1.
  • Arenas: Open until 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31. Closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1.
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: Open noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 3 reopening at noon on Monday, Jan. 4. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC):  Closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. Christmas trees can be dropped off free-of-charge at KARC, 196 Lappan's Lane.

#WASTENOTYGK: Reduce holiday waste

Use the #WasteNotygk hashtag to share and find holiday waste-reduction ideas! Any idea that keeps items from ending up in landfill sites is a good idea.

Remember to show your out-of-town guests how we separate waste in Kingston using the green bin and blue and grey boxes. 

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).

Buy and give gifts, not garbage!

Buy or make gifts that are all present and no package. Less packaging = less waste. Bring reusable bags for shopping and leave plastic hangers at the stores for reuse. Forget? Plastic bags go in the grey box and plastic hangers in the blue box.

Find a treasure at a second-hand store

Second-hand stores are full of one-of-a-kind items with no packaging. Need room for all the presents you are going to get? Donate gently-used items to second-hand stores.

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:

  • 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.  (Closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1.)
  • Norterra Organics – the company that composts the City's Green Bin contents – at 2069 Joyceville Rd.  Call 613-546-0884 for hours of operation.

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.

About the City of Kingston

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