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September 9, 2019 -

How will we divert 65 per cent of household waste from landfill by 2025? Using feedback from a series of June focus groups, the City has honed a number of waste diversion strategies it will present for public input at a number of upcoming open houses.

"Do you put waste out at the curb in Kingston? The waste diversion strategies we choose will definitely affect how you do that. Please make a point of coming out to see what's being considered and offer your input," says Heather Roberts, director of solid waste.  Kingston's 60 per cent diversion rate has not improved since 2015, so new strategies are needed to reach the 65 per cent target set by council.

Garbage sent to landfill has a negative impact on the environment and creates greenhouse gas emissions and leachate.

Offer input on the waste diversion strategies being considered at one of these open houses:

  • West: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 – INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd. Enjoy a FREE skate from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • East: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 – École Sir John A. Macdonald School, 529 St. Martha St.
  • Central: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 – John Deutsch University Centre, 99 University Ave.
  • North: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 – Rideau Heights Community Centre, 85 MacCauley St.

Full details on the strategies below and other waste-related measures being considered will be available at the open houses:

  • Weekly blue and grey box and green bin collection with bi-weekly garbage pick-up. This option would allow for weekly yard waste collection.
  • Requiring the use of clear garbage bags (a small opaque privacy bag would be allowed). This would help the City enforce a future ban on recyclables and organics in garbage bags.
  • Making garbage collection into a full user-pay system by requiring a bag tag for every garbage bag. Considerations for low-income households will be explored.
  • Increasing the cost of bag tags.
  • Limiting the number of additional tagged bags allowed and offering fewer days on which two untagged bags are allowed.
  • Mandatory use of green bins in multi-residential buildings

The feedback from the open houses will be used to develop recommended waste strategies to be considered by council by the end of 2019.

For more information on this project see