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You did it! City reaches 60 per cent waste diversion goal

November 27, 2017 -

The City of Kingston has learned that the community reached the goal of diverting 60 per cent of household waste from landfill three years ahead of the 2018 target.

After having the data from 2015 verified by The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, the City's solid waste division reports that 60.9 per cent of waste was diverted from landfill by recycling and composting. Diverted waste includes blue and grey box recyclables, yard waste, household hazardous waste, scrap metal, and clothing received and processed at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC).

"We are ecstatic that our City continues to have such a high waste diversion rate," says Heather Roberts, manager of solid waste. "Residents are doing a great job!  They're using blue and grey boxes, green bins, dropping off yard waste and participating in Giveaway Days. We're immensely proud of our dedicated recyclers and composters and the shift in the way people think about their waste that completely reduces waste, not just recycles it."

The City of Kingston has the third highest diversion rate in Ontario, with only Orillia (64.3 per cent) and York Region (62.7 per cent) achieving higher rates. It is expected that the City will maintain a greater than 60 per cent diversion rate in 2016 based on submitted data. Solid waste staff recommend that the City's waste diversion goal remain at 60 per cent for 2016-2018 to ensure a stabilized rate. The longer range goal is to divert 65 per cent of household waste from landfill.

Recycling and waste that can be composted or diverted through special programs are not garbage. Learn more about waste diversion programs at and share your waste diversion tips at #WasteNotYGK.

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 and join the conversation on social media.

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