City and Sustainable Kingston launch annual summer challenge to help reduce single-use plastics

July 7, 2021

The City of Kingston and Sustainable Kingston are creating a new initiative that challenges residents to reduce waste while enjoying outdoor activities.

“We’re challenging every Kingstonian to look for opportunities to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics,” says Tess Wittman, Community Engagement Specialist at Sustainable Kingston.

Register for the challenge now at:

From today until Aug. 27, the City and Sustainable Kingston invite you to examine daily (and holiday) habits and take steps to reduce your reliance on single-use plastics.

Single-use plastics, commonly referred to as SUPS, are normally used only once before being discarded. Because of their use, size or materials, they are not easily recycled. These are items like plastic bags and cups, straws, coffee stirrers, and coffee pods.  

“Summer is a busy time and single-use plastics seem like an easy option. Through this campaign, we will highlight simple ways to reduce single-use plastic waste,” says Wittmann. 

Wittmann says the goal of this campaign is to share ideas and inspire action. The entire community can take part in this challenge—whether you’re an individual, business, workplace or family!

“We hope the habits people develop through this challenge will remain with them year-round,” adds Wittmann.

By registering and participating in the challenge, your name will be entered into a weekly draw for a chance to win great prizes! 

How to participate

  • Register at
  • Take steps to reduce your use of single-use plastics. Already doing great things? Proceed to the next step!
  • Share your actions and tips using #PlasticFreeYGK. Don’t forget to tag @SustainableKtwn