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Remember to #WasteNotYGK this holiday season

November 28, 2017 -

The City of Kingston reminds you to avoid buying, giving or making garbage this holiday season.

"Create memories for the holidays, not waste. Show the earth you care: avoid creating garbage when giving gifts or holding celebrations," says Heather Roberts, manager of solid waste.

Share your waste-saving holiday ideas on Twitter using the #WasteNotYGK hashtag.

Here are some ideas to help reach the City's goal of diverting 60 per cent of Kingston's household waste by 2018:

  • Bring re-useable bags when you go shopping.
  • Choose reusable or recyclable wrapping. Traditional wrapping paper cannot be recycled due to the large amount coloured ink. Prefer recyclable or reusable wrapping such as brown paper, newspaper, gift boxes or bags. Share your ingenious wrapping idea at #WasteNotYGK.
  • Get crafty! Get items at second hand stores and add your own touch to them!
  • Create or buy holiday decorations that can be repurposed or composted. And plan to compost your Christmas trees at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre, 196 Lappan's Lane.
  • Food and drinks never go to waste (or landfill). Buy or make gifts you can put in your stomach – and put any leftovers in the green bin. 
  • Make the most of your green bin. Remember that the green bin accepts soiled paper towels, paper plates and napkins as well as food scraps of all kinds.
  • Compost your real Christmas trees at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre or Norterra Organics. Be sure to remove all decorations first.
  • Artificial trees can be donated to second-hand stores and charities or sold on online sales websites.

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. 

 Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston
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