Waste Strategies

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The City is seeking 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 and new service levels, policies or programs are needed to reach 65 per cent.

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, water and climate. Watch this video to learn about how waste reacts in a landfill.

Diverting waste also means capturing valuable resources out of the garbage sent to landfill that can be reused, recycled or composted.

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

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Looking for the Food Waste Diversion Survey for apartment/condo residents?  Here is the link to that survey.

    The survey, below, was conducted in 2019 and remains on this page as a record of the consultation.

    The waste diversion strategies listed below are aimed at getting more recyclables and organic material out of household garbage sent to landfill. The presentation offered at our open houses, offers more details on the strategies – and current waste management practices. You may wish to review it before filling out the survey. Survey closes October 18 at 4 p.m.

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  • CLOSED: This sign-up has concluded.

    Sign up to indicate your interest in participating in our upcoming focus groups. Depending on the level of interest, we may also hold a workshop.

    Solid waste staff will reach out to you in advance of any in-person engagements to confirm your continued interest and ability to attend. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

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