This holiday season, remember to #WasteNotYGK

December 6, 2021

The City of Kingston encourages residents to avoid creating unnecessary garbage when exchanging gifts this holiday season.

"Give gifts, not waste and packaging. Remember: every non-recyclable item we send to landfill contributes to greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change," says Adam Mueller, Acting Supervisor of Solid Waste.

Here are some ideas to help reach the City's goal of diverting 65 per cent of Kingston's household waste:

  • Choose reusable or recyclable gift wrap. Traditional wrapping paper cannot be recycled due to the large amount of coloured ink. Choose reusable or recyclable wrapping such as festive fabrics, brown paper, newspaper, gift boxes or bags. Share your wrapping idea at #WasteNotYGK.
  • Get crafty! Purchase items at secondhand stores and add your own touch to them.
  • Create or buy holiday decorations that can be repurposed or composted.
  • Feed your guests, not the green bin! Plan to make use of leftovers and don’t bring home food that will go to waste.
  • Compost your real Christmas trees at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre or Tomlinson Organics. Be sure to remove all decorations first. Artificial trees can be donated to second-hand stores and charities or sold on online sales websites.

Share your waste-saving holiday ideas on Twitter and Instagram using the #WasteNotYGK hashtag.