Thanks Waterloo Region for all of your efforts in making the launch of the extensive collection changes a success! Since the start on March 6th, approximately 90 per cent of households have been setting out the correct items on correct week!
Below are the top 4 reminders to help collection continue to improve:
Don't snooze! 7 a.m. set out: Please have all your items out by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Collection times vary week to week.
Watch your weight at the curb! Maximum weight is 23 kg (50 pounds) for each green bin, blue box, yard waste item, and garbage can/bag.
Do the 2 blue box sort! Use one blue box for containers (e.g. cans, cartons, bottles and jars) and another blue box for paper products and plastic bags.
3 item limit for bulky items: Bulky items/appliances are items that do not fit into a standard garbage bag/can. A maximum of 3 bulky items can be set out every second week, the same week as garbage.
Items that cannot be recycled such as bubble wrap, diapers, dryer lint and dryer sheets, gum, broken dishware, Styrofoam, waxed paper.
Ensure collection is safe! Please wrap items such as broken drinking glasses, ceramic dishware, etc. in several layers of newspaper or in a cardboard box and tape it closed and/or in a thick, strong plastic bag, before placing it in the garbage.
Four times a year, after certain statutory holidays, there will be double garbage limit days where you can put twice the regular amount of garbage bags or cans at your curb for collection without the need for garbage tags.
You will be able to put out double the amount of garbage bags or cans at your curb for collection on the garbage collection day following:
New Year's Day
Please check your collection calendar (mailed to homes in February 2017) for details.
Holiday and Christmas tree collection
If you have a holiday or Christmas tree to put out, you can put it out for on your collection day from January 2 to January 12, 2018.
All lights and ornaments must be removed.
This is for natural trees only. Artificial trees must go out as a bulky item and counts as 1 of the 3 allowable items.
Any garbage bags or cans over the limit need to have proper garbage tags placed on the bag or can contents for curbside collection. Bags or cans beyond the limit that do not have garbage tags will not be collected, and a notice will be left explaining why an item was left behind. Landlords and property owners are responsible for ensuring their tenants comply with these rules.
Regional Library, 860 Sawmill Road, Bloomingdale, Tuesday and Wednesday 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday 2 to 5 p.m.
Breslau Community Centre 100 Andover Drive, Breslau N0B 1M0 Monday to Friday 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ainslie Street Transit Terminal, 35 Ainslie Street South, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 6:50 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.), Sunday/holidays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed 1:40 to 2:40 p.m.)
Allen Reuter Centre, 507 King Street East, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 62 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
City Hall, 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Customer Service desk, Region of Waterloo Public Health building, 150 Main Street, Cambridge Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
David Durward Centre, 62 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
G.E. (Ted) Wake Lounge, 31 Kribs Street, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
John Dolson Centre, 212 South Street, Cambridge, Monday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
W. G. Johnson Centre, 31 Kribs Street, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 1:30 to 7 p.m.
Waste Management transfer station - scalehouse. 201 Savage Drive, Cambridge NiT 1S6, Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
William E. Paulter Centre, 1145 Concesion Road, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Regional Library, 65 Arthur Street South, Elmira, Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Township of Woolwich office 24 Church Street West, Elmira N3B 2Z6 Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
Woolwich Memorial Centre Recreation Complex 24 Snyder Avenue South Elmira N3B 1Y9 Daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Breighthaupt Centre, 350 Margaret Avenue, Kitchener, Monday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bridgeport Community Centre, 20 Tyson Drive, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Centreville Chicopee Community Centre, 141 Morgan Avenue, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Chandler Mowat Community Centre, 222 Chandler Drive, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Charles Street Transit Terminal, 15 Charles Street West, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 6:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 8:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Country Hill Community Centre, 100 Rittenhouse Road, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Customer Service desk, Region of Waterloo Administration Headquarters, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre, 150 Pioneer Park, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Downtown Community Centre, 35-B Weber Street West, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Forest Heights Community Centre, 1700 Queens Blvd., Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Kingsdale Community Centre, 72 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Mill Courtland Community Centre, 216 Mill Street, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Rockway Community Centre, 1405 King Street East, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin Street North, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Drive, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Williamsburg Community Centre, 1187 Fischer-Hallman Road, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary.
Regional Library, 5279 Ament Line, Linwood, Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Regional Library, 136 Main Street, New Dundee, Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Regional Library, 145 Huron Road, New Hamburg, Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Township of Wellesley office 4639 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements N0B 2M0 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Regional Library, 3605 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements, Tuesday and Wednesday 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday 2 to 5 p.m.
Regional Library, 29 Queensway Drive, St. Jacobs, Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
City of Waterloo City Hall, 100 Regina Street South, Waterloo, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Customer Service desk, Region of Waterloo Public Health building, 99 Regina Street South, Waterloo Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
RIM park, 2001 University Avenue East, Waterloo, Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (WMRC), 101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo Daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Waste Management Administration Building, 925 Erb Street West, Gate 1, Waterloo Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Waste Management Transfer Station - scalehouse. 925 Erb Street West, Gate 2, Waterloo N2J 3Z4 Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Waterloo Service Centre, 265 Lexington Court, Waterloo Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Regional Library, 1137 Henry Street, Wellesley, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Additional locations will be added shortly.
Garbage tags are $2 per tag and are sold in sheets of 5 (for $10). Tags are numbered and have no expiry date. There is no refund for unused tags.
How to attach garbage tags
Wrap the garbage tag sticker around the neck of the tied garbage bag (do not use tags to seal bag) or stick it to the top item in a can (under the lid).
Tags cannot be used on bulky items, or at the transfer stations.
To avoid having to buy garbage tags, make sure that you are putting everything you can into your blue box and green bin. If you are going away or have a lot of excess garbage (including from construction, renovating or moving), you can take it to the landfill or transfer stations.
The only exemption to the new garbage limits is for medical reasons.
If your household requires more garbage bags/cans to go to the curb due to waste from a medical condition (e.g. incontinence products, unrecyclable medical packaging), please fill out the Medical Exemptions Application form, and send it to us, along with a note from your medical professional and proof of residency. We do not need details on your medical condition; please see application for details.
Once accepted and approved, you will be eligible for free garbage tags so that you may put out additional garbage on your collection day. These tags are regular garbage tags to protect your privacy.
To have a copy of the form mailed to you, please contact 519-575-4400.
To request an alternate format of this form, call 519-575-4400 or TTY: 519-575-4608.
What goes in the blue box? How do I prepare the materials?
Please use one box for containers and another for paper and plastic bags. If you only have enough recyclables to put out one blue box, please place containers on one side, paper and plastic bags on the other.
You can set out an unlimited number of boxes that are properly separated!
Below are all the items that you can recycle by using your blue box:
Drinking boxes, cartons for milk and juice (put straws in the garbage, empty, rinse and flatten), coffee cups (remove plastic lid and put it in your blue box as well)
Glass bottles and jars (empty, rinse, place lid in blue box as well)
Metal cans, pop cans, aerosol (empy), paint cans (empty, dry, remove lid), aluminum foil and trays (rinse, crumple and flatten if possible)
Rigid plastic containers for food, drinks, cleaning products, personal and pet care including packages from toys, electronics, etc. (any container with recycling number 1 to 6 printed on item, except Styrofoam)
Put containers loose in blue box.
Do not bag containers.
Put Styrofoam in the garbage.
Paper, cardboard/boxes, plastic bags and outer wrap
Paper including newspaper, writing and computer paper, flyers, envelopes, phone books, magazines, hard and soft cover books (put in grocery bag and tie shut to prevent litter)
Corrugated cardboard (flatten and bundle with twine to a maximum size of 30 inches high (75 cm), 30 inches long (75 cm), and 8 inches tall/high (20 cm)
Boxboard including cereal boxes, tissue, paper egg cartons, toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls (put plastic liner bags in the garbage, flatten and stuff in an unflattened larger box or put in a grocery bag to prevent litter)
Plastic bags and outer wrap including grocery and shopping bags, bread bags, fresh or frozen fruit and vegetable bags, outer milk bags, zipper bags, sandwich bags, dry cleaning bags, road salt and water softening salt bags, outer wrap packaging from packages of diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, water bottles, etc. (put all in one plastic bag, tie shut)
Do not put in pasta or crinkle bags, wrap from meat or cheese, stretch wrap or stand-up pouch bottom bags, single serving food wrappers (crackers, granola bar wrappers, etc.)
When is collection?
Once every week on your collection day.
Unlimited number of blue boxes, up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) each.
Blue boxes must be at the curb by 7 a.m. the morning of collection
Blue boxes must be accessible (not behind a snow bank, parked car, etc.)
If more than one blue box is set out, materials must be separated into proper categories (containers are put in a different blue box than paper and plastic bags)
Blue boxes must meet approved container size (see below)
Approved size and weight
Maximum box weight: 23 kilograms (50 pounds)
Larger size boxes can only be used for containers. Smaller boxes may be used for either paper or containers
Maximum size for blue boxes used for "containers only" (i.e. for pop cans, cartons, bottles and jars) 68 to 91 litres (18 to 24 gallons)
Maximum size for blue boxes used for "paper products and plastic bags" (i.e. for newspaper, books, etc.) 45 to 60 litres (12 to 16 gallons)
Blue boxes must have a rim around the top
Blue boxes must be made of rigid plastic that will not bend or give when lifted
Wheeled carts, storage totes and cardboard boxes will not be accepted as containers
Any bulky item that does not fit into standard garbage bags or cans
Washer or dryer
Furniture (couches, chairs, tables)
Carpet (tie and bundle, no more than 90 centimeters (3 feet) in length, each bundle is one item)
Scrap wood (tie and bundle, no more than 90 centimeters (3 feet) in length, each bundle is one item; no nails)
Artificial Christmas or holiday trees
Please note that construction, renovation and moving waste outside of these allowable items will not be collected and will need to be taken to the landfill or a transfer station.
When is collection?
Once every second week on the same collection day as garbage.
Single family homes and legal duplexes: 3 items per home
Buildings with 3 to 6 units: 10 items per building
Bulky items and appliances must be at the curb by 7 a.m. the morning of collection
Items must be accessible (not behind a snow bank, parked car, etc.)
Items must not be hazardous, sharp or dangerous, and cannot be construction materials
Any items over the limit will not be collected (garbage tags can't be used for bulky items)
Some items may require additional preparation for collection (see the Waste Whiz for more information)
Approved size and weight
Bulky items that do not fit in regular garbage bags or cans or are over 50 pounds (23 kg)
Construction and renovation waste will only be accepted if properly prepared and within item limits. If you are having renovation work done (like new floors installed) ask your crew to take the waste with them when done.
In accordance withwaste collection by-law 17-007, we cannot collect certain items such as household hazardous waste. Please check the by-law for clarification or use the Waste Whiz to see what goes where for collection.
You can take a maximum of 25 L of used motor oil per household every month to the bulk tanks at the transfer stations. You can also bring household quantities of cooking oil to pour into the cooking oil tank for recycling.
Please ensure you empty oil into the correct tank. We do not accept 5 gallon pails of oil.