City opens survey to collect feedback on cart-based waste collection program

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The City of Kingston is asking residents to share their input on the upcoming move to a cart-based waste collection program through a survey on the Get Involved Kingston website.

Throughout the fall, City staff gathered early feedback from residents during in-person engagements and through an online Q&A. According to a release from the City, this feedback was used to develop the survey which will help determine potential options for cart size and collection frequency.

“We are looking to residents to tell us their preferences for how the cart-based waste collection may look in Kingston,” said Karen Santucci, Director of Public Works and Solid Waste. “This program will affect residents across the city, so it’s important that people have their say to ensure a smooth and successful transition.”

The survey is now open and will be available on Get Involved Kingston until 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. The City will also collect feedback by phone or email. Call 613-546-0000 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or contact City staff at [email protected].

According to the release, the results of the survey will be used to make recommendations to Kingston City Council on how best to move forward with this program. The City will reportedly begin rolling out the new carts in the summer of 2025.

The City’s current waste collection system is a manual one, where garbage is picked up by hand. The City said that the waste industry as a whole has shifted in recent years, with many municipalities switching to automated collection, where no manual lifting is required. Back injuries, muscle strain and falls are some of the most common injuries facing waste collectors, according to the release.

Learn more about the cart-based collection program on the Get Involved website, and through the City’s Tell Me More podcast here.

The City suggests residents download the Kingston Waste app to get their garbage/recycling schedules and reminders sent right to their phone.

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