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Share waste reduction tips at #WasteNotYGK

October 19, 2015 –

Waste not! That's the message the City of Kingston wants residents to own to help achieve the goal of diverting 60 per cent of household waste from landfill by 2018 and 65 per cent in the long-term.

"Using your green bin and recycling boxes as well as participating in Giveaway Day are fantastic ways to prevent waste from ending up in a landfill and ensuring that those wastes are reused, recycled or composted. However, during waste reduction week consider ways that your household can reduce all waste!  Waste reduction is about reducing all wastes – even recyclable items and food waste. Buy what you need and be mindful that the waste we create has an impact on our environment," says Heather Roberts, manager of solid waste.

Join the City in marking Waste Reduction Week, Oct. 19 to 25, by:

  • Using the #WasteNotYGK  hashtag to share how your household works to divert more waste from landfill.
  • Honouring this season's more than 90 Remarkable Recycler participants – including Mayor Bryan Paterson and councillors Richard Allen, Ryan Boehme and Jeff McLaren – who received their specially-marked blue and grey boxes. Are your neighbours among Kingston's 250+ Remarkable Recycler households? Give them a thumb's-up.
  • Participating in Giveaway Day, this Saturday, Oct. 24. Get ready: Giveaway Day is the day you put out reusable items you no longer want for your neighbours who can use them. Looking for a free item someone might be giving away? Put the call out on Twitter using #WasteNotYGK. Review the Giveaway Day guidelines below or at
  • Enjoying a free tour of the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday at 196 Lappan's Lane. Bring family or friends and come see what happens to your recyclables!

Giveaway Day Guidelines

  • Put out: books, CDs, DVDs, furniture and small appliances, electronics, construction materials (including drywall, lumber, hardware), kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans and, yes, unwanted gifts.
  • Don't put out: the Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that these items should not be given away (or picked-up): baby walkers, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds and toys.

How to put items out:

  • Place items at the curb in front of your home and put ‘FREE' stickers or signs on or by the items.
  • Ensure anything you do not want taken is kept away from your Giveaway Day items.
  • Putting out clothing or other items in plastic bags? Use clear or translucent bags to help to separate Giveaway Days items from garbage.
  • At the end of the day, bring any uncollected items back into your home. The City will NOT collect unwanted items left at the curb. Unclaimed items left at the curb beyond the evening of Giveaway Day may be subject to fines from City bylaw enforcement.

Consider donating unwanted items to a local charity.

How to pick items up:

  • Respect other people's property: don't walk on people's lawns or gardens.
  • Take only the items marked ‘Free' and placed at the curb.
  • Don't leave previously picked up items on the curb at other people's property.

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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