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Events and workshops



Events, workshops and public tours

A world of thanks to those who participated in our Earth Day public tours!

Hawk used at the landfill Thanks to over 300 Waterloo Region residents who came for a tour on Saturday, April 25th!

Our participants learned more about "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and how their everyday actions make a difference. They saw our operations and programs such as the landfill and recycling sorting centre, in action.

Also, our thanks to all those who had displays, including Honey, the hawk!


Thanks for celebrating Waste Reduction Week!

On Saturday, October 24th, hundreds of residents celebrated Waste Reduction Week by touring our Waterloo Waste Managment site. During the free one-hour guided bus tour they learned more about the Region's programs and operations and saw waste diversion in action!  

Next tour: April, 2016. Details will be posted 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. All tours must be booked in advance. View more information on our downloadable brochure.

Please note: We are now taking bookings for the 2015 to 2016 school year.


Program details:

Age group: Recommended for Kindergarten to Grade 12 and for community groups. For younger grades, it is recommended that parent volunteers lead small groups of students.
Group size: Maximum 40 participants per visit
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to 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."

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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