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Share your #WasteNotYGK spirit this holiday season

December 7, 2015 –

Make less garbage this holiday season and share your ideas on avoiding waste-creation on Twitter using the #WasteNotYGK hashtag.

"Shop smart. Consider the packaging surrounding the gifts that you want to give to your loved ones. Think about how much of what you are giving is going to end up in landfill. There are some really creative and festive gift-giving and wrapping ideas that totally avoid waste," says Heather Roberts, manager of solid waste for the City of Kingston.

She reminds everyone to remember to bring their reusable bags when they go shopping.

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

  • Buy or create gifts that are all-gift and no garbage. Have you received a great gift that was made of salvaged items?  Share a photo of it at #WasteNotYGK.
  • Buy gifts from second hand stores! Find a one-of-a-kind gift at a low cost (and with no packaging). Have you received a treasure someone discovered at a second hand store? Share a photo of it at #WasteNotYGK.
  • 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 ideas at #WasteNotYGK.
  • Create or buy holiday decorations that can be repurposed or composted. Share your beautiful ideas at #WasteNotYGK. 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.  Have a photo of treats you've given away? Tweet them to #WasteNotYGK.
  • 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.

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCityofKingston

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.