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Are you a student moving out of a Kingston dwelling? Do you need help?

Here is a handy checklist of things to do and places to call to dispose of unwanted items.

1. Get additional garbage tags (the one bag limit still applies). Pick them up at City Hall or the Student Association front desk ($2 each)

2. Set up or finalize your account with:

  • Utilities Kingston: Note: A minimum of five business days are necessary to ensure your account is closed on the date requested. You can do this online at or by phone at 613-546-0000. (Hydro One electricity customers can call 1-800-434-1235. Union Gas customers can call 1-888-774-3111).
  • Cogeco 1-800-267-9000
  • Bell Canada 613-310-2355 or
  • Canada Post 1-800-267-1177 or

3. Dispose of unusable large items (like broken desks and torn mattresses) at the Waste Management Transfer station at 62 St. Remy Place.

Ask your landlord to help or check the classifieds under rubbish/junk/waste for low-cost removal options.

Remember: Kingston does not have curbside pick-up of large items. Give what you can to charity and make a trip to the Waste Management Transfer station with the rest.

4. Give unwanted items away on Giveaway Day: Saturday, April 21.

Giveaway Days are when you put items you no longer want out at the curb for someone who might like them. The City of Kingston's next Giveaway Day is on Saturday, April 21. Label your items "free" and put them out in front of your home. At the end of the day, bring any uncollected items back into your home. The City will NOT collect unwanted items left at the curb.

5. Donate unwanted items in good condition to charity.

For small and large item pick-up:

  • Salvation Army 613-544-4396
  • Ontario March of Dimes 613-546-9979

For clothing:

  • Salvation Army 613-544-4396
  • The Canadian Diabetes Association 1-800-505-5525
  • The St. Vincent de Paul Society 613-546-3333

For non-perishable food items:

  • The Partners in Mission Food Bank 613-544-4534
  • The Student Association Food Bank 613-544-5400 ext. 1502

Unopened personal hygiene items like soap, toothpaste and shampoo will be accepted at Kingston's Street Health Centre at 6 Montreal Street.

6. Sell your textbooks! Get money for your used books at the College bookstore.

7. Electronic waste is hazardous waste! For more information on where to drop off your items, visit

More Information

For more information on garbage and recycling in the City of Kingston, click here.

For more information on other diversion opportunities, including giveaway day, electronic waste, clothing donation, and more, click here.