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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 several waste diversion programs and the green bin transfer area.

The Region's Waste Management Division is responsible for 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 ($5 minimum fee).
  • Loads exceeding 200 kilograms must be taken to either Cambridge or Waterloo sites.
  • All small vehicle transfer stations are closed on statutory and designated holidays.
  • Ayr, Crosshill and Wilmot Transfer Stations closed at the end of 2015.
  • On December 8, 2015, Planning and Works Committee approved an extension of the Elmira Transfer station until the end of May, 2016. For more information about the Elmira Transfer Station, please read this report (starting on page 140).
  • For information on drop-off sites for commercial loads, go to the Commercial Services page.

Elmira Waste Transfer Station

End of Howard Avenue, Elmira, Woolwich 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

7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday to Saturday

 

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Landfill fees for residential users

Fees at Cambridge and Waterloo Waste Transfer Stations 

  • A minimum of $5.00 will be charged on each load.
  • Loads over the $5.00 minimum 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

$7.50 / 100 kg

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

$15.00 / 100 kg

Tires (max. 20", rims removed, passenger vehicles only)

$10.00 / 100 kg

Recyclables (loads must not be mixed with garbage)

  • 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 (in addition to scale weight/minimum fee)

$10 first unit
$25 each additional unit

NOTE: Our Cambridge site has restrictions on surcharge and other loads.

Fees at the Elmira Transfer Station

  • Loads exceeding 200 kilograms must be taken to either Cambridge or Waterloo 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. 

Material

Fee

General items

First three items ($5.00 minimum fee)

Vehicle rate (more than three bags or a load of loose items)

 

$5.00

 

$15.00

CFC removal fee (in addition to scale weight/minimum 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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