City to Give Households Additional Free Recycling Blue Box

Published on: 2012/11/26 - in Featured News

Every residential household in Kingston will be able to get another recycling Blue Box for free beginning Monday, Dec. 3.

“Kingstonians are recycling more than ever, so they may need another Blue Box,” said Manager of Solid Waste, John Giles, in a release. “Blue Box items can be bulky. This giveaway is meant for those households who could use an extra Box to capture all their recyclables.”

A curbside waste audit performed recently revealed that an increase in Blue and Grey recycling box use has resulted in a seven per cent increase in the capture rate for recyclable items,  from 75 per cent last year, up to 82 per cent this year.

Giles credits the new, controversial one untagged garbage bag limit – along with increased public education about what can be recycled around what can be recycled – for this significant success, adding “Residents are getting it. If it can be recycled, or put in the Green Bin, or re-used by a neighbour or friend, then it isn’t garbage and it shouldn’t be going to landfill.”

The Blue Boxes (one allowed per address) can be picked up at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) at 196 Lappan’s Lane or in City Hall at 216 Ontario St.

Kingston residents can also get their free Blue Box delivered for free by emailing or by calling 613-546-0000.

For information about where recycling goes, visit the City’s “Waste Lookup” webpage.


Photo: William Mewes