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Recycle as usual, Kingston! Recyclables are still sold on the recycling market

April 26, 2018 -

You may have heard that other municipalities are having difficulties selling items their residents put out for recycling due to international policy changes. This is not the case in Kingston.

In order for an item to be considered "recyclable" the municipality must be able to sell it on the recycling market. The recyclable products bundled for sale at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) are considered high-quality goods on the recycling market because of the City's collection and processing methods. The City's alternating blue/grey box recycling collection system and its low-tech, manual sorting process, allows it to produce a superior-quality product that is largely acceptable to markets in North America.

"It's recycling as usual in Kingston. We understand that these articles are alarming and that many members of the Kingston community are concerned and have questions about impacts to Kingston's program, or what it means for the future of the recycling program," says Heather Roberts, director, solid waste. "We're happy to report that the finished recyclable products at the City's facilities are high quality as a result of the collection and processing methods used so there is still a market for our goods at this time."

The solid waste services department is carefully monitoring changes to the sale of recyclables in the market. No changes are expected for the City's recycling program at this time. Kingston has not sent any processed recyclables to landfill from its facility.

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About the City of Kingston

Kingston's vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston's high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

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