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Events and workshops



Events, workshops and public tours

Photo of bales of recyclables in the MRC

Thanks to all those who celebrated Earth Day with us! The next tour will be in October - TBA

Over 300 residents participated in our Earth Day tours on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They enjoyed the displays and the guided tours, and learned more about how their everyday actions including green binning and recycling, make a difference.

Our next tour is expected during Waste Reduction Week this October. More details will be provided closer to the event.

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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 no longer taking bookings for the 2015 to 2016 school year. The tour schedule is full.

Bookings for the 2016 to 2017 school year are now open. Please note:  No tours will be available in March, 2017.

Program details:

Target grades: Program is most suitable for grades 3, 5, 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.

Note:  The education program will not be taking bookings in February and March, 2017.

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."

Contact Us

For program bookings, information and resources, please contact Shelley Conrad, Waste Management Coordinator, 519-575-4400 ext. 8413.


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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:

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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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