Events, publications and education

Events and workshops



Events, workshops and public tours

Next public tour day:  Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hawk used at the landfill for seagull controlCelebrate Earth Day and come for a tour of the Waterloo Waste Management Site. Learn about recycling and landfill technologies, visit the recycling centre, and hear about our many initiatives such as the production of "green" energy from waste. Learn about our very special landfill "employee", the hawk, too!

Each tour is approximately one hour long, available to Waterloo Region residents, and free of charge. All ages are welcome!

Reservations are required. To reserve a seat on the bus, please call 519-575-4400 TTY 519-575-4608 or email

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Free Environmental Education Program for school groups and community groups

The Waterloo Landfill 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 CentreThe free program includes a visit to the Environmental Education Centre, the Materials Recycling Centre as well as a tour of the landfill operation. The program is suitable for grades K to 12 as well as adults groups. For younger grades, it is recommended that parent volunteers lead small groups of students. View more information on our downloadable brochure.

Environmental Education Centre: Four rooms of displays describe the life cycle of garbage, the environmental issues related to waste and how the way we think about waste and the choices we make affect our environment.

Materials Recycling Centre: Ever wondered what happens to the items you put in the blue box? Come and see how blue box materials are sorted and baled for recycling.

Tour the landfill operation: A guided tour offers a look at the many programs offered here at the landfill. See firsthand just how much waste is generated every day.

Program details:

Age Group: Recommended for grades K to 12 and for community groups
Group Size: Maximum 40 participants per visit
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday
Length:1.5 to 2 hours
Booking: All tours must be booked in advance
Location: 925 Erb Street West, Gate 1, Waterloo
Cost: Free (but group must pay for and provide bus transportation)


Bus to be provided by school or group. Please advise the bus company that 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.

What program participants had to say:

"Very informative and lots of hands on."
"Great program! Students learned a lot and had positive things to say."
"I know students will take to heart what they saw and learned."

Contact Us

Program bookings, information and resources: Shelley Conrad

Phone: 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 issues of Environews:

 Fall 2011 Fall 2006 Spring 2001 Winter 1993
 Spring 2011 Spring 2006 Spring 2000 Summer 1993
 Fall 2010 Fall 2005 Spring 1999 Spring 1993
 Spring 2010 Spring 2005 Spring 1998 Spring 1992
 Fall 2009 Fall 2004 Fall/Winter 1996 Fall 1991
 Spring 2009 Spring 2004 Spring/Summer 1996 Spring 1991
 Fall 2008 Fall 2003 Fall/Winter 1995 Fall 1990
 Spring 2008 Fall 2002 Spring/Summer 1995 Spring 1990
 Fall 2007 Spring 2002 Fall 1994 Fall 1989
 Spring 2007 Fall 2001 Spring 1994 Spring 1989 


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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.

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Landfill Information

The following brochures contain information about our landfill operations.

Waste Management Library

We provide a variety of resources for researchers, students and others interested in learning more about our programs.

Feel free to visit our reference library at the Waste Management Administration Building, 925 Erb St. West, Gate 1, Waterloo, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Original Waste Management Master Plan, 2011 Update (123 pages)

1.0 - Introduction
2.0 - Background
3.0 - Waterloo Waste Management Centre
4.0 - Cambridge Waste Management Facility
5.0 - Rural Small Vehicle Transfer Stations
6.0 - Closed Landfill Sites
7.0 - Collection Function
8.0 - Waste Reduction Services
9.0 -Residual Waste Management Planning

10.0 - Financial Overview

Figures and Tables (17 pages)

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