Sustainable Resource Management
Single Stream Recycling – In an effort to make recycling more convenient for residents, the City of Kingston has established a single-stream recycling program. Most households have received blue totes designated for recycling pick up. View Kingston’s Refuse and Recycling brochure for more information. The City’s recycling calendar can be found here.
City environmental education staff offers a series of recycling programs throughout the year to educate both
the general public as well as school children to the benefits of recycling. Each school year, staff works in each
elementary school that serves City of Kingston students to provide informative and age appropriate recycling
programs. Additionally, a series of public composting education workshops are held each year. These
workshops educate Kingston residents on how to reduce their trash output through food and yard waste
diversion. Additionally, the process of composting generates free natural fertilizer for in- and at-home use,
reducing the need for synthetic chemical landscape applications. Furthermore, increased waste diversion
saves taxpayer dollars in tipping fees averted.
By instituting single stream recycling, the City of Kingston has increased our recycling rates, reducing landfill tipping
fees and thousands of miles of truck transport emissions saved. In 2017, the city DPW collected 1,960
tons of recycled material, saving taxpayers over $165,000. To further reduce our emissions and tipping fees,
the City of Kingston will be exploring the feasibility of instituting a citywide food waste collection system. In
2017, the City received funding to create an Organic Waste Diversion Plan to better understand and
design a system, if feasible, for organics collection citywide. The City will partner with the Hudson Valley
Regional Council in 2018 and 2019 to conduct this study.
Organics Diversion - The City of Kingston, in partnership with the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council, the Climate Smart Kingston Commission, and the Hudson Valley Regional Council, is undertaking a feasibility study for diverting food waste produced at municipal buildings as well as by residents and small businesses. This project, called the Kingston Organics Diversion Plan, will take the results from the study and propose a methodology for rolling out food waste diversion.
Undertaking this work, which is funded by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, puts Kingston at the forefront of innovative efforts that save municipalities money while helping our environment. Reducing the amount of food waste that goes to the landfills can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoided tipping fees. Reducing the number of trips dump trucks take to the landfill also reduces the emissions of greenhouse gases. When the financial benefits from implementing such a program exceed the implementation and operating costs, it is a win all around. Kingston’s goal is to discover if the City can get this win like other like-minded communities have nation- and state-wide.