City and Sustainable Kingston partner to launch the Plastic-Free Summer

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null City and Sustainable Kingston partner to launch the Plastic-Free Summer

July 4, 2019 -

Summer— it's the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. If you're looking for a way to give back to the natural environment, consider taking part in the Plastic-Free Summer Challenge!

Register now at:

From July 4 to Sept. 4, the City of Kingston and Sustainable Kingston invite you to examine daily (and holiday) habits and take steps to reduce your reliance on single-use plastics.

Single-use plastics, commonly referred to as SUPS, are normally used only once before being discarded. Because of their use, size or materials, they are not easily recycled. These are items like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, coffee pods, and take-out and retail food packaging. 

"Summer is a busy time. People are on the go, and single-use plastics seem like an easy option. Through this campaign, we will highlight simple ways to reduce single-use plastic waste," says Kristin Mullin, executive director of Sustainable Kingston.

Mullin is quick to point out this campaign is not about wagging fingers. "The goal of the Plastic-Free Summer Challenge is to share ideas and inspire action." 

The entire community can take part in this challenge—whether you're an individual, business, workplace or participating as a family!

"We hope the habits people develop through this challenge will remain with them year-round," adds Mullin.

By registering and participating in the challenge, your name will be entered into a weekly draw for a chance to win great prizes! 

How to participate

  • Register at
  • Take steps to reduce your use of single-use plastics. Already doing great things? Proceed to the next step!
  • Share your actions and tips using #PlasticFreeYGK. Don't forget to tag @SustainableKtwn
  • Win!