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Events, workshops and public tours

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Thanks to all those who celebrated Earth Day with us!

Over 400 residents participated in our Earth Day tours on Saturday, April 21, 2017. 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 in October - date TBA. More details will be provided closer to the event. Registration is required.

Environmental Education Centre

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.

Please contact us for information and to book a tour.


  • Tour times for Kindergarten classes are only available in June.

Target grades: The program is most suitable for grades 3, 5, and 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.

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."

Primary school resources for teachers

General resources:

Alternate formats available upon request.

Blue box resources

Garbage collection information

 Green bin organics resources

Landfill operations resources

The following brochures contain information about our landfill operations.

Original Master Plan - 2011 Update

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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