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City of Kingston Department of Public Works Reminds Property Owners of Recycling Rules
The City of Kingston's Department of Public Works wishes to remind property owners of rules and regulations related to recycling in the City of Kingston. Over the past few weeks, hundreds of property owners have been cited for refuse (trash) materials found in the blue recycling bins provided to each property. By including refuse in the blue bins, the recycled materials can become contaminated, resulting in the materials not being collected and the property owner being fined after a written warning. The fine is $85 for each instance of non-compliance.
Here are examples of items that are ALLOWED in the blue totes:
Milk/Fruit Juice Cartons
Plastic Bottles, Tubs, Jugs and Jars (#1-#7, such as yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.)
Glass Bottles, Aluminum Cans & Jars- Please rinse prior to recycling
Lids from glass bottles & jars if separated from item
Paper Egg Cartons
Thin Cardboard Boxes (cereal, pasta, crackers, etc.)
Corrugated Cardboard and Paper Bags
Newspapers, Magazines, Catalogs, Junk Mail & Office Paper
Hard backed books and phone books
Here are examples of items that are NOT ALLOWED in the blue totes:
Pizza Boxes or any soiled cardboard
Plastic Bags from shopping centers- many supermarkets will recycle these bags if returned!
Bedding, Sheets, Pillows
Coated paper or plastics
Plastic film or wrappers (packing or food)
Latex & Plastic Gloves
Potato Chip Bags
Black Microwavable Plastic Containers
Automotive Fluid Bottles
Foil Pie Plates
Any other trash items
The support of all property owners will allow the City to continue to be a leader in recycling efforts in the region and to reduce the amount of money spent on refuse tipping fees and contaminated recycling fines. To assist property owners, a bilingual informational flyer with recycling instructions and tips will be mailed in the coming weeks. For additional information on refuse and recycling pick up and other services, contact the Department of Public Works at 845-338-2114. To learn more about recycling education efforts in Kingston, contact the Environmental Educator at 845-481-7336.