City celebrates ‘Golden Diverters’

Photo by Luka Siemionov.

Out of more than 50 households that participated in the City of Kingston’s Golden Diverter Challenge, eight diligent residents were able to achieve perfect standards.

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the City announced the eight people who were able to divert as much refuse from landfills as possible, while also maintaining ideal recycling and composting habits.

Throughout the month of June, participating households had their “curbside collectibles” audited for sorting accuracy, according to a press release from the City of Kingston. In order to be named a Golden Diverter, participants had to achieve a “perfect set-out” each week in the month of June: one bag of garbage or less, a perfect green bin, and perfect recycling practices.

Those who conquered the challenge are:  Alison Bright, Monika Cardiff, Andre Gauthier, Fern Gauthier, Valerie Greenly, Shelly McCutcheon, Karen Truelove, and Harry Zanaberger.

“We thank all residents who participated in the program, and for making waste diversion a priority in their households,” said Heather Roberts, director of solid waste, in the press release.

“Reaching our goal of 60 per cent waste diversion from landfill would not have been possible without you.”

The Golden Diverter Challenge is part of the wider #WasteNotYGK challenge, which challenges all Kingstonians to reduce their waste by:

  • Buying less packaging and waste
  • Buying or trading second-hand items
  • Using green bins and blue and grey boxes to divert residential waste from landfills

The City notes that many households achieved ‘Remarkable Recycler’ designation in the challenge.

Find out more about how to sort your recycling boxes and green bin correctly at

We here at Kingstonist salute all of those who participated in the challenge, and especially those who’ve achieved Golden Diverter designation. Congratulations, and great work!

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