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Special Item Waste Collection

Our curb-side recycling, organics, and garbage collection programs may not be able to meet all your waste disposal needs. Some special items need specific or alternative collection or drop-off to help protect people and the environment. 

If you are unsure how to dispose of an item, use our What Goes Where tool. 


We typically collect single-use batteries once in the spring and once in the fall. Check out the Waste Calendar Collection to find out when. 

You can drop off both single-use and rechargeable batteries all year round at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC), located at 196 Lappan’s Ln.

  • Place single-use batteries in a zipper-style plastic bag (transparent) and leave it beside your recycling bin 
  • Do not place the battery bag inside your recycling bin 
  • Must be standard D-cell batteries or smaller 
  • For 9V batteries, tape them to prevent accidental discharge 


The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority in Kingston manages the electronic waste recycling program. Visit their website for more information and to find drop off locations. 

Large items, construction and demolition waste 

We do not offer curbside pickup for large items and the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) does not accept them either. 

Consider these three options: 

    1. Giveaway Days: On Giveaway Days, you can place items in usable condition that you no longer want at the curb for others to take. 
    2. Donate: Consider donating your unwanted items to a local charity. Get in touch with the charity directly to find out what they will accept and how to drop off your items. 
    3. Drop-off: For larger, heavy, or high-volume waste disposal, you must use private transfer stations. Fees will apply. Contact the following privately-run transfer stations to confirm their services and hours.
        • Waste Management of Canada at 62 St. Remy Place, 613-549-7401 
        • Waste Connections at 1266 McAdoos Lane, 613-548-4428 
        • Kimco Steel Sales at 1325 John Counter Blvd., 613-544-1822 
        • E360s at 1709 Westbrook Rd., 613-384-8555
    4. Pick-up: You can try to arrange for a private service to pick up your items if you are unable to transport them to a waste transfer station. Many private options are available, and fees will likely apply.


The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority in Kingston manages tire disposal. Visit their website for more information. 

Medication and needles 

Important! If you find a needle in a public place, do not touch it or try to pick it up. Contact Public Health by phone at 613-548-5860 for assistance. 

Medications and needles can be harmful to other people and the environment. Please make sure to dispose of them safely. Most drug stores will take both medications and needles. The collection and disposal of these materials is handled by the Ontario Medication Return Program and the Ontario Sharps Collection Program. 

For information on drop-off locations or collection programs please visit the Health Stewards.

Never flush medications or needles down the toilet, never put them in your garbage or recycling, and do not bring them to the Kingston Area Recycling Centre.

Scrap metal

The Kingston Area Recycling Centre accepts small to medium size items, such as:

    • Flatware 
    • Small metal shelves 
    • Microwaves 
    • Toasters 
    • Portable barbecues
    • Damaged bicycles
    • Similar small-sized items

We will not accept large scrap metal or appliances. 

Many private scrap metal collectors operate in Kingston and may accept your items for free. Check the What Goes Where Tool to learn how to recycle or get rid of your things properly.

Examples of large scrap metal include: 

    • Stoves
    • Ornamental light posts
    • Washers and dryers
    • Aluminum siding

Certain appliances like freezers, fridges, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers have refrigerants that need proper collection and special disposal. Check the What Goes Where Tool to learn how to recycle or get rid of your things properly.

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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