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Moving out?

Congratulations on finishing your academic year! Here are some tips to make your spring or 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 Waste Connections of Canada's transfer station at 1266 McAdoos Lane (off Division Street), from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (disposal charges apply).This waste transfer station will have extended hours, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 and Sunday April 29.

See the full list of locations that accept garbage, for a price.

Give unwanted items away on Giveaway Day: April 21

Giveaway Days are when you put items you no longer want out at the curb for someone who might like them.  The City's next Giveaway Day is on Saturday, April 21. 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). 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.

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


Remember to close 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 opened or closed 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 opened or closed by calling the customer service centre, Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 613-546-0000.

Hydro One electricity customers can call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call 1-888-774-3111.


Property Standards & the Yards and Solid Waste 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 during move-out to issue warnings and, where necessary, lay charges. To avoid possible fines or trouble with your landlord, please be sure to discuss proper disposal of unwanted items with your roommates to work out strategies to deal with your garbage and unwanted items.

If you see anyone cutting open garbage bags, emptying garbage containers, or disposing of garbage, debris, furniture, etc. on your property or on roadways please call general bylaw at 613-546-4291 ext. 3135.

You could be on the hook for contracted clean-up costs

Once a bylaw enforcement order has been issued you have 24 hours to comply with solid waste infractions and 48 hours for yards violations. If an order is not complied with the cost of the clean-up is charged to the property owner and legal action may be taken. Landlords: work with your tenants to maintain property standards and avoid possible clean-up costs (plus an administration fee of $141.80 under the Yard Bylaw).

Questions about bylaws?

If you have questions or wish to report violations of the Yards or Solid Waste Bylaws please contact bylaw at 63-546-4291 ext. 3135 or by e-mail at bylawenforcement@cityofkingston.ca

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 will result in your garbage not being picked up. Well-sorted recycling is always picked-up. Not sure where it goes? Use the waste-sorting lookup

NEW: Fines can now also be imposed on property-owners and landlords for illegal placement of garbage on City property by their tenants.

Have extra recycling items or missed collection

Extra blue and grey boxes items can be dropped off at the recycling depot located at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre, 196 Lappan's Lane.  Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4p.m.

Other services offered at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre include:

  • a scrap metal bin that can be used for end of life items that are made mostly of metal or steel. Acceptable items include bikes, metal lawn furniture, smaller household appliances, etc.;
  • clothing donation bins;
  • household hazardous waste depot ONLY open on Thursdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Acceptable items include paints, batteries, CFL light bulbs, solvents, etc.;
  • Yard waste transfer station. Acceptable items include brush, leaves, grass and  other yard wastes; and
  • sale of bag tags.