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Landfill Operations

The only operating landfill in the Region of Waterloo is the Waterloo landfill. Opened in 1972, the site covers 125 hectares, 71 hectares dedicated to landfilling. The landfill will reach capacity at 15 million tonnes of waste. It is anticipated operations will continue to at least 2030. For detailed information on the landfill operations and environmental programs, please see the Environmental controls and programs brochure. The Waterloo site also includes the recycling centre, an environmental education centre, public drop-off area with over a dozen diversion programs and the green bin transfer area.

The Region's Waste Management Division is responsible for several other waste management facilities, both operating and closed. The Region continues to monitor several closed landfills such as the Cambridge and Kitchener  sites. Please see the Closed landfills brochure for more detailed information.



Residential drop-off locations and hours of operation

Small Vehicle Transfer Station drop-off locations

  • The locations below are for use by Waterloo Region residents to dispose of recyclables and garbage generated within the Region. 
  • Tipping fees will apply.
  • Loads exceeding 200 kilograms must be taken to either Cambridge or Waterloo sites.
  • Yard waste can only be dropped off at the Ayr, Elmira, Waterloo and Cambridge transfer stations.
  • All small vehicle transfer stations are closed on statutory and designated holidays.
  • Starting May 24, 2014, all four rural transfer stations will operate on a rotating schedule of every second Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., until the end of March, 2015. On Saturday, April 4, 2015 only, all four rural transfer stations will be open. Then, a new rotating schedule of every second Saturday will take effect until the end of the year.

Ayr Waste Transfer Station

Reidsville Road and Greenfield Road, North Dumfries

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alternating Saturdays

See schedule for details

Crosshill Waste Transfer Station

Manser Road and William Hastings Line, Wellesley Township

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alternating Saturdays

See schedule for details

Elmira Waste Transfer Station

End of Howard Avenue, Elmira, Woolwich Township

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alternating Saturdays

See schedule for details

Wilmot Waste Transfer Station 

1788 Huron Rd., Queen & Huron Rd. Wilmot Township

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alternating Saturdays

See schedule for details

Cambridge Waste Transfer Station - Residential
201 Savage Dr., Cambridge, N1T 1S6

7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday to Saturday

Waterloo Waste Transfer Station- Residential

925 Erb Street West (Residential drop-off - Gate 2), Waterloo N2J 3Z4

(Commercial drop-off - Gate 1, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday to Saturday

 

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Waste transfer station fee changes

As part of the 2015 budget process, Regional Council has approved that the minimum charge at the Region of Waterloo's transfer stations will be $5, effective July 1, 2015. Read more.

Landfill fees for residential users

Fees at Cambridge and Waterloo Waste Transfer Stations 
  • A minimum of $2.00 will be charged on each load weighing up to 50 kilograms.
  • Loads over 50 kilograms will be charged by weight, based on the rates listed below.
  • Payment options: Cash only for all transactions below $10.00. On transactions above $10.00, cash, debit and credit are accepted.
  • All small vehicle transfer stations are closed on statutory and designated holidays.

Material

Charge per tonne

General refuse/garbage

$7.40 / 100 kg

Surcharge loads: (Waterloo site only) (stumps, wire, styrofoam, asbestos, etc.)

$14.80 / 100 kg

Tires (max. 20", rims removed)

$10.00 / 100 kg

Pallets/Drywall

$7.40 / 100 kg

Segregated loads

  • All regular Blue Box materials
  • Organics (leaves, yard waste, brush, grass clippings, green bin waste, etc.)
  • Inerts (clean fill, bricks, concrete rubble,etc.)
  • Appliances and scrap metal (refrigerators, stoves, freezers, etc.)

$3.70 / 100 kg

CFC removal fee

$10 first unit
$25 each additional unit

NOTE: Restrictions on surcharge and other loads apply at the Cambridge site.

Fees at Rural Waste Transfer Stations
(North Dumfries, Wellesley, and Woolwich)

  • Loads exceeding 200 kilograms must be taken to either Cambridge or Waterloo residential sites.
  • Fees are calculated on a piece-rate basis "General Items" include bags, garbage cans, bundles, blue boxes, yard waste bags, and boxes.
  • Cash transactions only. 
  • All small vehicle transfer stations are closed on statutory and designated holidays.

Material

Fee

General items

First three items
($2.00minimumfeeeffective April 2, 2013)

For each additional three items

For seven or more items, vehicle rates apply

 

$2.00

 

Additional $2.00

Vehicle rates

Shingles, rubble, dry wall, etc. are limited to 1/4 the vehicle  volumes.

 

1/2 full: $10.00

Full $15.00

CFC removal fee

$10 first unit
$25 each additional unit

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Waste by-laws and bans

Collection and disposal of waste within Waterloo Region is restricted by the conditions cited under the following by-laws and bans passed by Regional Council.

Tires, corrugated cardboard, wooden pallets and electronic waste were banned from Regional landfills by Regional Council in 1988, 1990, 2002, and 2004 respectively.

By-Law 02-011
By-Law to Prohibit & Regulate the Collection of Waste
Passed January 30, 2002

By-Law 98-87
A By-Law to Regulate the Receiving, Dumping & Disposing of Waste
Passed December 17, 1987

ER-88-110.1
Disposal of Waste Tire Ban
Effective September 1, 1988

ER-90-125
Old Corrugated Cardboard Landfill Ban
Effective April 1, 1991

E-02-070
Curbside Garbage Collection of Grass Ban
Effective March 31, 2003

E-04-092
Landfill and Curbside Waste Collection of Electronic Waste Ban
Effective June 6, 2005

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