Waste Strategies


See what the City heard at June 5-6 focus groups about proposed strategies to divert more waste in this feedback report.


The City is seeking your input on the implementation of new waste strategies to reach the goal of diverting 65 per cent of household waste from landfill by 2025. The City has been stuck at 60 per cent waste-diversion level for the last three years, and new service levels, policies or programs are needed to reach 65 per cent.

The City’s most recent curbside audits show that as much as 50 per cent of what is in the


See what the City heard at June 5-6 focus groups about proposed strategies to divert more waste in this feedback report.


The City is seeking your input on the implementation of new waste strategies to reach the goal of diverting 65 per cent of household waste from landfill by 2025. The City has been stuck at 60 per cent waste-diversion level for the last three years, and new service levels, policies or programs are needed to reach 65 per cent.

The City’s most recent curbside audits show that as much as 50 per cent of what is in the average garbage bag is compostable (35 per cent) or recyclable (15 per cent) material that can be captured in the City’s voluntary blue/grey recycling box and green bin programs. If all of these waste items were put in the right box or bin, Kingston would have a waste diversion rate of 76 per cent!

Diverting waste from landfill is good for the land, air and water - the whole environment benefits when less waste is sent to landfill! Watch this video to learn about how waste reacts in a landfill.

Diverting waste means capturing valuable resources out of the garbage sent to landfill that can be reused, recycled or composted. Capturing these resources, and keeping them out of landfill, decreases carbon and methane gas emissions which are contributors to climate change and prevents toxins from being released into land/water.

Participate in the forum below to help us gather wide-ranging ideas on strategies that can be implemented to increase our diversion rate by May 21. They may be used to form a long list of options that will be considered over the summer and form the basis for additional workshops and/or open houses.

Want to participate in a focus group/workshop at the end of May/beginning of June? Please fill in the sign-up form below and let us know which of the following areas you’d like to discuss: garbage, recycling, organic waste, other diversion options or all of these areas.

While 'reduce' is always the first 'R' – and we encourage Kingstonians to reduce their waste – this public consultation is specifically focused on understanding how to capture the recyclables and organics that continue to be placed into the garbage that’s put out at the curb and sent to landfill by the households in our community.

For more details on this project and its background, see the City’s project page.


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