News & Public Notices
Holidays to affect City services schedule
December 15, 2014 -
City of Kingston services and facilities will be affected by the holidays as follows:
Christmas Holiday Green Bin, Garbage & Recyling Schedule
There is no collection on Thursday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) or Friday, Dec. 26 (Boxing Day). Collection for the rest of this week will shift two days after your regular pick-up day, like this:
- Thursday's collection will take place Saturday, Dec. 27.
- Friday's collection will take place Sunday, Dec. 28.
New Year's Holiday Green Bin, Garbage & Recyling Schedule
There is no collection on Thursday, Jan. 1 and collection shifts to the 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 or cans of garbage for your first collection day after New Year's Day.
Never miss Collection Day: Go to www.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 www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner
- Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Regular service.
- Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25 – No service.
- Boxing Day, Friday, Dec. 26 – Sunday service – except for Route 18, which will run on a weekday service.
- New Year's Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31 – Regular service
- New Year's Day, Thursday, Jan. 1 – No 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).
Administrative Offices, including Housing and Social Services on Montreal Street and Provincial Offences: Closed December 25, 26 and January 1.
- Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Closed 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, 28 and 31 and January 1.
- Artillery Park Aquatic 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: Closed December 25 and 26 and January 1.
- 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 Friday, Jan. 2. Tickets for all shows can be purchased online 24 hours a day at www.kingstongrand.ca.
- 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. Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed at noon on December 24 and 31. Closed December 25 to 29 and January 1.
- 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.
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.
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