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Landfill Operations

The Waterloo landfill is the only landfill operating in Waterloo Region. Opened in 1972, the site covers 125 hectares, 71 hectares dedicated to landfilling. The landfill will reach capacity at 15 million tonnes of waste. It is anticipated operations will continue to at least 2030. For detailed information on the landfill operations and environmental programs, please see the Environmental controls and programs brochure.

The Waterloo site also includes the recycling centre, an environmental education centre, public drop-off area with several waste diversion programs and the green bin transfer area.

The Region's Waste Management Division is responsible for other waste management facilities, both operating and closed. The Region continues to monitor several closed landfills such as the Cambridge and Kitchener  sites. Please see the Closed landfills brochure for more detailed information.

Residential drop-off locations and hours of operation

The Cambridge and Waterloo landfill sites will be closed on December 25 and 26, 2017, and January 1, 2018 to residents

  • The locations below are for use by Waterloo Region residents to dispose of recyclables and garbage generated within the Region. 
  • Tipping fees will apply ($5 minimum fee).
  • Loads exceeding 200 kilograms must be taken to either Cambridge or Waterloo sites.
  • All small vehicle transfer stations are CLOSED on STATUTORY and designated HOLIDAYS.
  • Ayr, Crosshill and Wilmot Transfer Stations closed at the end of 2015 and Elmira Transfer Station closed in May 2016.
  • For information on drop-off sites for commercial loads, go to the Commercial Services page.

Cambridge Waste Transfer Station, 201 Savage Dr., Cambridge, N1T 1S6, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday

Waterloo Waste Transfer Station, 925 Erb Street West (Gate 2, second roundabout past Costco), Waterloo N2J 3Z4, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday

Green bin and blue box pickup:

  • Cambridge: 201 Savage Dr., Cambridge, N1T 1S6, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday
  • Waterloo: 925 Erb Street West, (Admin Building, Gate 1, across from Costco), Waterloo N2J 3Z4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

Downloadable user fee schedule
See maps of residential waste drop-off locations 

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Fees for residential users

  • A minimum of $5.00 will be charged on each load.
  • Loads over the $5.00 minimum will be charged by weight, based on the rates listed below.
  • Loads that contain mixed materials will be charged at the higher rate. For example loads that contain tires and garbage, will be charged at the tire rate.
  • Payment options: Cash only for all transactions below $10.00. On transactions above $10.00, cash, debit and credit are accepted.
  • All small vehicle transfer stations are closed on statutory and designated holidays.
  1. General refuse/garbage is charged at $7.90 per 100 kilograms
  2. Surcharge loads: (Waterloo site only) (stumps, wire, Styrofoam, asbestos, nuisance dust, etc.) is charged at $15.80 per 100 kilograms
  3. Tires (maximum 20 inches, rims removed, passenger vehicles only) is charged at $10.00 per 100 kilograms
  4. Recyclables (loads must not be mixed with garbage) - includes all regular Blue Box materials, Organics (leaves, yard waste, brush, grass clippings, green bin waste, etc.), Inerts (clean fill, bricks, concrete rubble,etc.), Appliances and scrap metal (refrigerators, stoves, freezers, etc.) are charged at $3.90 per 100 kilograms
  5. Electronics are charged at  $7.90 per 100 kilograms
  6. CFC (Chlorofluorocarbon) removal fee (in addition to scale weight/minimum fee) is charged at $10 for the first unit and $25 for each additional unit
  7. Garbage Tags ($2 er tag and sold in sheets of 5) are charged at $10 per sheet
  8. Weighing empty (new) trailer is charged at $10 each
NOTE: Our Cambridge site has restrictions on surcharge and other loads.

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Waste by-laws and bans

Collection and disposal of waste within Waterloo Region is restricted by the conditions cited under the following by-laws and bans passed by Regional Council.

Tires, corrugated cardboard and electronic waste were banned from Regional landfills by Regional Council in 1988, 1990, and 2004 respectively.

By-Law 17-007

By-law to Govern the Collection of Waste and the Provision of Waste Management Facilities in The Regional Municipality of Waterloo and to Repeal By-law 98-87, as amended, and By-law 02-011 of The Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

It includes requirements, roles and responsibilities for curbside collection services and waste facilities, other restrictions such as illegal dumping, and by-law enforcement and administration.

ER-88-110.1 Disposal of Waste Tire Ban, effective September 1, 1988

ER-90-125 Old Corrugated Cardboard Landfill Ban, effective April 1, 1991

E-02-070 Curbside Garbage Collection of Grass Ban, effective March 31, 2003

E-04-092 Landfill and Curbside Waste Collection of Electronic Waste Ban, effective June 6, 2005

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