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Garbage

Garbage is waste that cannot be reused, recycled, or composted. Avoid creating garbage!  

Garbage collection schedule

Garbage is collected every week, and we will pick up one garbage bag or container for free. If you have more than one bag or container, you must buy a bag tag online or from a retailer and put it on your extra bag / container.

  • Place garbage by the curb on the correct pickup date before 6 a.m.
  • One untagged bag or container per week.
  • Extra bags or containers must have a bag tag.
  • Place your garbage on the curb as close to the roadway as possible, without blocking the sidewalk.
  • All items must be in a bag or container, except broken glass.
  • Broken glass must be in a cardboard box, taped shut, and labelled. Place it beside your garbage for collection. It does not need a bag tag.
  • Bags or containers must be under 135L and 44lbs (20kg).
  • You cannot use tie downs or bungee cords on containers.

What can I put in the garbage?

  • Coloured styrofoam
  • Crinkly plastic film (pet food bags, bubble wrap), gift wrap, greeting cards, cereal/cracker liners
  • Meat packaging
  • Zipper style plastic bags
  • Smoke detectors/alarms 
  • Broken glass (in a cardboard box, tape it shut, label it)
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products and wipes (of any kind)
  • Single use coffee pods
  • Dryer sheets, vacuum bags
  • Toys (consider re-using or donating these first)

Do not put the following waste in the garbage:

  • Hazardous waste
  • Medical waste
  • Tires
  • Electronics
  • Materials that can be recycled
  • Materials that can be composted

Medical exemption for extra garbage bags

If you need to regularly put out extra bags of garbage due to medical reasons, you can apply for a bag tag medical exemption. This will allow you to put out your extra bags of garbage for free, without needing a bag tag. A note from a medical practitioner stating the needs for additional garbage bags is required.

 Create a MyKingston account to easily apply for a bag tag medical exemption online. If you have questions or need more information Contact us.

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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