Packing up for the summer?
Congratulations on finishing your academic year! Here are some tips to make your summer move-out go smoothly.
What to do with unusable items and garbage
Drop off items for paid disposal.
You can bring your unusable items and garbage to the Progressive Waste Solutions transfer station at 1266 McAdoos Lane (off Division Street), from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday (disposal charges apply).This waste transfer station will have extended hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.
See the full list of locations that accept garbage, for a price.
Give unwanted items away on Giveaway Day: April 18.
Waste less: use Giveaway Days to put out items you no longer use for pick-up by your neighbours who might want them. The City's next Giveaway Day is on Saturday, April 18. Label your items "free" and put them out in front of your home. At the end of the day, bring any uncollected items back into your home. The City will NOT collect unwanted items left at the curb.
Consider donating your remaining items to a local charity.
Buy bag tags to put out more bags/containers of garbage
You are entitled to place one untagged bag of garbage at curbside on your usual collection day (maximum 44 lbs and 135 L in capacity). Additional bagged garbage will be collected – if it is tagged.
Garbage tags are $2 each and can be purchased online (shipping of tags takes 5-7 business days), or at City Hall, the AMS office at Queen's University, (the Drug Smart pharmacy in the Queen's Centre and the New Merry Market on Barrie and Earl streets.
See other locations selling garbage tags outside the immediate Queen's University neighbourhood.
City bylaw states that garbage containers/bags, recycling containers, and green bins cannot be place at the curb prior to 5 p.m. the night before your collection day. Waste containers (empty or not) need to be removed from the curb before 8 p.m. on your collection day.
Remember to close your Utilities Kingston account!
If you are moving, contact Utilities Kingston as soon as possible to set up or finalize your account. A minimum of five business days' notice is necessary to ensure your utility services are set up or finalized on the date requested.
You can close your account using the convenient online form.
To avoid delays, it is necessary for the account holder or a representative to be at the service address if the meters are not accessible from the outside. The only person authorized to make any changes to the account is the person whose name appears on the bill. If your name appears on the bill, you are considered fully responsible for the account until your cancellation request is received and processed.
Utility services can also be setup or finalized by calling the customer service centre, Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 613-546-0000.
Property standards and Bylaw enforcement
City property standard rules and fines (outlined below) are intended to help keep Kingston streets safe and clean. Clean neighbours are welcome neighbours.
About the yards and streets bylaws
The City requires that all yards and municipal property be maintained and clear of garbage, debris, furniture, appliances etc. Enforcement staff will be out in full force with blitzes during move-out to issue warnings and, where necessary, lay charges. To avoid possible fines or trouble with your landlord, please be sure and discuss proper disposal of unwanted items with your roommates to work out strategies to deal with your garbage and unwanted items. Landlords: work with your tenants to maintain property standards and avoid possible clean-up costs (plus administration fees of $137.95).
Tag extra garbage and sort recycling properly.
The City has a one untagged garbage bag limit per week along with the ability to buy extra tags as required (see above). Failure to tag garbage bags may result in charges and garbage not picked up. Well-sorted recycling is always picked-up. Not sure where it goes? Use the waste-sorting lookup NEW: Fines can now be imposed on property-owners and landlords for illegal placement of garbage on City property by their tenants.
You could be on the hook for contracted clean-up costs
Times can often range from 24 to 48 hours once an bylaw enforcement order has been issued, however during the two weeks of the move out, the clean-ups are often carried out immediately by the City contractor. The cost of the clean-up is charged to the property-owner and legal action may be taken later.
If you see anyone cutting open garbage bags or emptying garbage containers, please call general bylaw at 613-546-4291 ext. 3135. Please leave as much information as possible for bylaw enforcement including a description of the individual, and if possible their vehicle make and licence plate.
If you have any questions or wish to report violations of the Yards Bylaw or the Streets Bylaw, please contact the City at 613-546-0000 or email or by email email@example.com.