Recycling for businesses
Blue box collection:
Businesses in Waterloo Region are eligible to receive blue box recycling collection only if the business is located on an existing municipal curbside collection route. Businesses not meeting this criteria must hire their own contractors for recycling collection. .
There is a maximum of three blue boxes and three bundles of corrugated cardboard allowed per eligible business. Note: corrugated cardboard must be flattened and bundled no larger than 75 cm x 75 cm x 20 cm (30"x30"x8").
To determine if your business is eligible for Regional Blue Box program collection, please email us or call us at 519-575-4400
Businesses interested in recycling electronic equipment should refer to the Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) program.
Commercial loads of electronic waste may also be recycled at the Region. Please coordinate drop off with Paul Rabb - email him or call him at 519-575-4400 ext. 8428. Regional fees will apply.
Seeking assistance with waste diversion?
Businesses seeking assistance in diverting recyclable material are encouraged to:
- Consult our Workplace Waste Reduction Directory (see below)
- Contact their current waste hauler for information and options
- Refer to the Yellow Pages of the telephone book or online version
As well, the Region can assist with environmental or regulatory concerns. If we cannot help you directly, we can refer you to the appropriate agency or contacts. Call 519-575-4400 ext. 8412 to speak to our Projects Manager or email us for more information.
When investigating waste diversion options, in addition to asking companies about costs of services or materials handled, quantities of materials accepted, timing and other logistics, here are a few other items to consider:
- Environmental impacts and practices of their business. For instance, ensure the company is recycling and recovering materials in an environmentally-responsible way;
- References. Find out the experiences of current and past customers.
- Qualifications. Review copies of relevant licences, Environmental Compliance Approvals, training, policies, and emergency response procedures;
- Tour the facility. Get a first hand look at their operation.
By getting the assistance you need and researching alternatives, your business will be able to make informed decisions that meet your waste diversion goals.
Workplace Waste Reduction and Recycling Directory
The Workplace Waste Reduction and Recycling Directory has been provided by the Region of Waterloo to help industries, commercial businesses and institutions divert waste and recyclables from landfill. This directory lists companies (many of them local) who either provide waste management services and/or accept materials which may otherwise be land-filled.
The following has been provided for information only. The Region of Waterloo does not recommend, endorse, or guarantee the service of any company listed. Contact and business information for the companies listed may change from time to time.
We are interested in your comments! Please contact us to:
- Report your success in using this directory to divert materials
- Update any information that is listed or needs to be added
Please forward comments to Deanna Dakin.
Thank you for continuing to make our community a leader in environmental management!
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