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Events, workshops and public tours

Celebrate Waste Reduction Week by coming for a tour!

Waste Reduction Week runs from October 17 to 23 this year and is a time to raise awareness on ways we can minimize garbage, conserve resources (including our landfill!), and live more sustainably. With the curbside collection changes coming into effect in March, 2017, waste reduction is a priority in Waterloo Region.

Come for a tour of our Waterloo Waste Management Centre on Saturday, October 22. Visit the recycling centre, learn about landfill technologies, and so much more!  Each tour is approximately one hour long and free of charge. Tours  run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the Waste Management Operations Centre located at 1516 Glasgow Street, Kitchener.

To reserve a seat on the bus, please

If you require accessbility assistance to participate, please let us know at the time of booking.

Food Bank donations are welcome!


Photo of bales of recyclables in the MRC

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Free Environmental Education Program for school groups and community groups

The Region invites school groups and public interest groups to take advantage of the free on-site environmental program. Participants will discover:

  • The important role waste plays in every day life
  • The impact of individual actions
  • The importance of a clean and healthy environment

Education CentreThis program includes a visit to the Environmental Education Centre, the Nyle Ludolph Materials Recycling Centre, and our one-and-only landfill.  View more information on our downloadable brochure.


All tours must be booked in advance.

We are not taking bookings until October, 2016. Please contact us in October for the 2016 to 2017 school year. 


  • No tours will be available in February and March, 2017.
  • Tour times for Kindergarten classes are only available in June, 2017.

Target grades: The program is most suitable for grades 3, 5, and 7, and high school. Split classes are welcome.

Community groups are also welcome.

Group size: School groups are limited to two classes per visit. Adult and/or community groups are limited to 50 participants per visit.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Length:1.5 to 2 hours

Location: 925 Erb Street West, Gate 1, Waterloo

Cost: Free. However, the group must pay for and provide bus transportation. The bus and driver must remain with the group for the whole visit as the bus is used to tour the site. No personal vehicles are allowed on the tour.

Thanks to all teachers, parent volunteers and students for their enthusiasm and support for this program. Here are some comments from program participants:

"Wonderful hands-on displays."
"A really good introduction to our community's needs - a must for all citizens!."
"I learn so much every time I go."
"A good learning experience that ties in really well with the socials/science unit."


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Each year the Waste Management and Water Efficiency Divisions jointly publish Environews, a newsletter that updates residents on waste and water issues. The newsletters are published at least once per year and distributed to every household in the Region.

Read past (Archived) issues of Environews:

Spring 1989 Spring 2002 Spring 2016
Fall 1989 Fall 2002  Fall 2016
Spring 1990 Fall 2003  
Fall 1990 Spring 2004  
Spring 1991 Fall 2004  
Fall 1991 Spring 2005  
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Spring 1999 Spring 2011  
Spring 2000 Fall 2011  
 Spring 2001 Spring 2015  
 Fall 2001 Fall 2015  


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Waste Management eNews

Keep up-to-date on the Region of Waterloo's waste management programs by subscribing to our electronic newsletter. This (almost!) monthly newsletter shares the latest updates and tips on curbside programs, and other "3R" (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) information. 

To sign up, please go to the Region's subscription page.

Here are copies of eNews we've sent so far:

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Landfill Information

The following brochures contain information about our landfill operations.

Waste Management Master Plan, 2016 Update (126 pages)

Please note: The following documents are not available in an accessible format. If you would like more information, please contact April Yochim at 519-575-4400 ext. 8446.

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