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Holidays to affect City services schedule

December 19, 2016 –

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

Christmas and new year's holiday green bin, garbage and recycling schedule There is no collection on Monday, Dec. 26 or on Monday, Jan. 2. Put your collectibles out the day after your normal pick-up day for the next two weeks.

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. 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7). 

Never miss collection day: Go to CityofKingston.ca/collection  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 kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner

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

Kingston access services – limited service Dec. 25, 26, 27 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. 26 and 27 (to mark Christmas and Boxing Day statutory holidays) and Jan. 2 (for the New Year's holiday). 

  • Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed at noon on Dec. 23 and 30. Closed Dec. 26, 27 and Jan. 2. 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 Dec. 27 and Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.
  • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre:  Open until 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1.
  • INVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre:  Open until 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1.
  • Arenas: Open until 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1.
  • Grand Theatre Box Office: Open noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and from Dec. 28 to 31. Closed Dec. 25 to 27 and Jan. 1 and 2. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at kingstongrand.ca.
  • Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC):  Closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. 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. 

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). 

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. 26 and Jan. 2.) 
  • 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

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.  

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