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Planning your return for the school year?

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

Garbage & Recycling

Students can pick up their first recycling boxes (2 blue boxes and 1 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.

Sign up for garbage and recycling day collection reminders; reminders can be sent via e-mail, 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. (DrugSmart Pharmacy, 284 Earl Street Unit B400, inside Queen's Centre, 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.

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


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.


Kingston Transit provides bus service within the City of Kingston and Amherstview. 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 and is a friendlier way to get around. It's practical and economical.

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

Fire & Rescue

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

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.

Find out what the City has to offer:

  1. City Events calendar
  2. Grand Theatre
  3. Rogers K-Rock Centre