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Welcome home!

Here are some helpful tips to make your fall move-in less stressful.

Garbage, recycling and green bin collection

Students can pick up their first recycling boxes (two blue boxes and one grey box) free of charge from City Hall (216 Ontario St.) or the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (196 Lappan's Lane). Green bins for organic waste can also be picked up from the Recycling Centre.

About the blue box, grey box and green bin:

The City picks up blue boxes one week and grey boxes the next. The blue box is for plastic, metal and glass food and beverage containers, blister packs and Styrofoam. The grey box is for paper, newspapers and stretchable plastic bags. See here for more detail on how to put out your recycling. Green bins hold your organic waste and go out every week. See here for more on what goes in your green bin.

Queen's students can get blue and grey boxes from the Earth Centre/AMS offices. Their hours of operation will be Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They plan to open in late September.

Don't know how to throw it out? Use the City's waste look up tool.

Be reminded what to put out when:

Sign up for garbage and recycling day collection reminders; reminders can be sent via email, text or Twitter direct message. You can also download the free Kingston Waste app for Android and Apple powered devices. You can set up the reminder service via the app, which also contains valuable information about what is recyclable in Kingston.

Bagged 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 at City Hall and the AMS office at Queen's University. (The Drug Smart Pharmacy in the ARC also sells tags). Garbage bag tags can also be purchased online. Shipping of tags takes 5-7 business days.

To find other locations that sell garbage tags, outside the immediate Queen's University neighbourhood, visit the garbage page.

Remember to open your Utilities Kingston account!

If you are moving, contact Utilities Kingston as soon as possible to open or close 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.

To avoid delays, if the meters are sealed off or not accessible from the outside, it is necessary for the account holder or a representative to be at the service address. 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 accounts can be opened or closed by completing an online Utilities Kingston application form or by calling the Customer Service Centre, Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 613-546-0000.

Student renters: check out these tips from the Province of Ontario. They remind you of your tenant rights and responsibilities.

Kingston Transit

Kingston Transit provides conventional bus service within the urban area of the city of Kingston and, under contract, to the neighbouring community of Amherstview. We recognize that public transit is an important link to work, social events and activities for our riders. Kingston Transit offers a variety of convenient and accessible travel options to get you where you want to go. Kingston Transit is a friendlier way to get around. It's practical and economical.

To board the bus for free, Queen's University and St. Lawrence College students are required to show a current student photo ID card with valid sticker.

Use Kingston Transit's Trip Planner tool to plan your bus trip door to door. It's simple and available 24/7.

Kingston Fire & Rescue

Every year Kingston Fire & Rescue provides services to new and returning students who fail to understand the importance of fire safety behaviour. Brush up on fire safety and save lives.

Kingston Fire & Rescue offers several links to information regarding fire prevention whether you live in campus dorms or private residences. Kingston Fire & Rescue is focused on efforts to reduce the potential dangers of fire, and fire related injuries and fatalities. Please review the Safe Accommodations 101 for more details.

Kingston Fire & Rescue is available to assist you in ensuring your time in our city is safe and memorable and can assist you in providing resources to deal with fire safety issues and landlords.

If you require additional information or assistance contact or 613-548-4001 extension 5123.

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 are able 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.


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

Find out what the City has to offer:

  1. For event, dining and shopping info, download the Tourism Kingston mobi app
  2. City events calendar
  3. Grand Theatre
  4. Rogers K-Rock Centre