The Region of Waterloo's Waste Management Division provides residential blue box, green bin, garbage, yard waste, and large item collection in all seven area municipalities - the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo and the townships of North Dumfries, Wilmot, Wellesley, and Woolwich. The Waste Management Division also operates the Region's one landfill and several transfer stations. The Division is committed to excellent and responsive service while reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
We are here to help! If you cannot find the waste management information you are looking for on this or on our other web pages, please contact our office at 519-575-4400 or by email.
For any collection issue, please call our 24-hour Customer Service desk at 519-575-4400
Top 5 ways to celebrate Waste Reduction Week!
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. Here are some ways to celebrate:
- 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! Reserve a seat on the bus today!
- Green bin it! By putting food scraps, pet waste, facial tissues and other compostables in a green bin, the average household in Waterloo Region can reduce their garbage by at least half! Green bins are available for no charge and staff are happy to help guide you in using it. There are handy tips and information on our webpage, too.
- Review what is now recyclable in the Blue Box program. The number of acceptable items has grown over the years. Did you know that you can recycle bread bags, blister packs, and empty aerosol cans?
- Follow B.U.D. principle for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW): Buy only what you need - Use it all up - Dispose of leftovers properly. Gather up your leftover paint and fertilizers, and spent single-use batteries and compact fluorescent bulbs and find a depot near you.
- Download My Waste app! This new, free app is for homeowners in Waterloo Region with curbside collection. It offers easy-to-find waste information and set-out reminders. These reminders will be helpful with the collection program changes starting in March, 2017!
Download this free app from the App Store or Google Play. Blackberry users can access My Waste functions via Pingstreet, available through Blackberry World. An online version is available, too!
Reduce time and waste. Get the app!
Leaf collection and drop-off programs
Collection notice: Yard waste
There may be delays in your yard waste collection. If your yard waste is not collected on your regular collection day, please leave it out.
Construction notice: Accessing gates at 925 Erb Street West, Waterloo
Roundabouts are being constructed at Gate 1 and Gate 2 at 925 Erb Street West this summer. At times, traffic may be down to one lane, and/or detoured through a different route.
We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.
Halloween is scary enough without being buried under a lot of waste! Here are ways to not horrify our collection crews:
- Recycle your jack o'lantern! Remove candles and decorations and put it on top of or inside your green bin.
- If there is candy you don't want, please unwrap it and put it in your green bin.
- Reduce the amount of garbage you set out by:
- Making your own decorations. Store and save decorations to reuse next year.
- Making your own costumes. If you need to buy some pieces, go to second-hand shops.
- Buying candy in bulk. Make sure the packaging is recyclable e.g. in boxboard.
Thanks to all who participated in the BIG blue box event!
All the boxes were given out on Saturday. More boxes will be available in October. Stay tuned for details.
How to recycle coffee cups
Watch this short video.
Remove the plastic lid from the empty paper cup and place both pieces in with other containers in your Blue Box.
For multi-residential sites using large recycling carts, please place in the blue "Containers" cart.
Reduce the waste! Use a refillable travel mug instead.
For more information about recycling, go to our Blue Box page.
Compost and mulch is now available at the Cambridge and Waterloo landfill
Residents of Waterloo Region can pick up compost (maximum 5 bushels) from spring to fall at no charge while supplies last at the Cambridge (201 Savage Drive) and Waterloo (925 Erb Street West - Gate 2) Waste Management sites between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Compost is not available during the winter.
Season: April 14 until October 31, 2016 as supply is available.
Thank you for diverting yard waste from landfill and helping to make useful compost.
Yard waste collection
For more information, please go to our yard waste page or check this schedule. Township residents: Please refer to your calendar.
Waste changes are coming!
The collection changes that start in March 2017 will result in several benefits:
Read more about the collection changes and benefits.
Do you want to start preparing now for these changes? Here are some ideas.
Collection tip for your green bin
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Enjoy keeping informed in a paper-less way!
Waterloo and Cambridge waste management sites are open Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for residential drop-off except for statutory holidays.