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Blended Bicycle Reuse program

Dropping off your old, unwanted bicycle at the Waterloo waste management site will help our community in many ways. Through our partners, volunteers work with youth to teach bike repair skills, refurbished bikes are given to persons living with low incomes, and useful material is diverted from our one-and-only landfill.

Acceptable items:  Bicycles only. Please, no wheelchairs, exercise bikes or tricycles.

Season:  April to October

Where:  Waterloo Waste Management site, 925 Erb Street West (Gate 2)

Time:  Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Last year, this program diverted over nine metric tonnes of bikes into reuse and away from landfill.

A special thanks to all our past and present partners and sponsors for making this program a success:

  • Recycle Cycles
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Morell Kelly Law firm and the Lidz on Kidz program
  • Alan Homes
  • Heaven's Bicycle Shop
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Refurbished bikes are also available (for a minimal cost) from:

  • Heaven's Bicycle Shop, 725 King Street North Waterloo, 519-807-7002
  • Recycle Cycles, 37 Market Lane, Kitchener,  519-804-2466 ext. 23
  • Catholic District School Board, Bicycle Hotline: 519-578-3660, ext. 2205

Interested in becoming a partner? Or need more information about the Blended Bicycle program? Please contact Shelley Conrad, 519-575-4400 ext. 8413.

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Building material reuse program - Habitat for Humanity

New and reusable home building materials and working appliances are collected by Habitat for Humanity. Items are either sold at Habitat ReStores or used in building new homes. 

Acceptable items:  All items must be in good, usable condition.

Appliances - less than ten years old and in 100 per cent working order

Cabinetry - complete sets, whole pieces, counter tops, bookshelves, wall units

Doors - interior and exterior, with or without frame

Electrical - fixtures, switches, receptacles, breaker panels, lamps, tools

Flooring - min. quantities 4.6 sq m (50 sq. ft.) of hardwood, laminate or ceramic

Hardware - all types used in construction or renovation

Insulation - fibreglass in bags or rigid (no small pieces)

Lumber and trim - minimum 1.8 m (6 ft.) length, no nails

Plumbing - tubs, sinks (white or bone, no cracks/chips), shower stalls, taps

Windows - complete, thermopane only Wood furniture - no upholstery 

Where:

  1. Habitat ReStore - Waterloo 120 Northfield Drive East, Waterloo. Tel: 519-747-0664 Hours:  Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  2. Habitat ReStore - Cambridge 150 Holiday Inn Drive, Cambridge. Tel: 519-220-0004 Hours:  Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  3. Waterloo Waste Management site 925 Erb. Street West (Gate 2), Waterloo. Tel: 519-883-4015 Season:  April to November  Hours: Monday, Thursday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Salvaging service offered by Habitat:  The Habitat for Humanity ReStore provides a convenient, free salvaging service to homeowners wanting to recycle cabinets. Habitat will take a look and assess the cabinets in the home. If the cabinets meet their standards, Habitat will remove and salvage them at no cost! Homeowners may even qualify for a tax receipt from their cabinet donation!

For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity at: Waterloo: 519-747-0664 Cambridge: 519-220-0004 or visit Habitat for Humanity Restore Waterloo Region

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Christmas tree collection - January 5 to 16, 2015

Our special curbside collection program for Christmas trees will begin in January. 

To ensure your Christmas tree collected:

  • Set it out for garbage collection by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day.
  • Prepare it properly:  remove all decorations and the stand, do not bag, and size no longer than 1.2 metres (4 feet).
  • Have it accessible, shovel a shelf in the snow on the roadside (not sidewalk- side) to help make collection safe and efficient

Shovelling a shelf in the snow for recycling and garbage containers

Below are some common reasons why Christmas trees may be left behind at the curb.  Unsure why it wasn't collected? Call Customer Service at 519-575-4400.

Here are some common reasons why items are left behind:Here are some ways to deal with the items left behind:
Item is not acceptable in our program, such as artificial Christmas trees.Please consider donating your usable artificial Christmas tree to a local charity or organization.
Otherwise, please place it in the garbage. Or bring it to a Regional facility. Fees will apply.
Christmas tree collection schedule is not in effectChristmas trees will be collected from January 5 to 16, 2015. If you still have your tree after collection has ended, please take your unbagged, undecorated Christmas tree to a Regional facility.  
Christmas tree was set out late.Collection begins at 7 a.m. so all items must be set out by then to guarantee collection.
Christmas tree has not been properly prepared,Please remove all decorations, the stand, etc. Do not place in plastic bag. Please cut - maximum length allowed is 1.2 m (4 ft). Each part of the Christmas tree should weigh no more than 23 kg (50 lbs).
Christmas tree has not been set out in a proper location, such as on top of a snowbankPlace your Christmas tree in a spot at the end of your driveway so that it can be easily seen and reached by collection staff. Do not place the tree on top of or behind snowbanks or behind cars parked along the curb.

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Compost

Yard waste that the Region collects along the curb is turned into compost. Compost is an earthy-smelling soil conditioner and can be used for home gardens and lawns. 

Residents of Waterloo Region can pick up compost (maximum 5 bushels) from spring to fall at no charge while supplies last.

Season:  Compost giveaway has been closed down for the winter months. Please watch in the spring for announcements about the bunker re-opening.

Thank you for diverting yard waste from landfill and helping to make useful compost.


Paint reuse program

Are you planning to do some painting? We may have what you need!

Some paint that is dropped off at our Regional Household Hazardous Waste depots is still usable. This paint is then made available to Waterloo Region residents for no charge. Please note that the selection and amount of paint varies and cannot be reserved. First-come, first-served.

Season:  Spring until the first snowfall, as supply is available. The beginning and end of this giveaway depends on the weather. Please stay tuned for announcements.

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Tips for keeping your containers collectable in the winter!

Green bins, blue boxes and garbage containers placed on top of or behind snowbanks, on sidewalks, or buried in the snow pose a safety hazard to pedestrians, vehicles and our collection crews.
 
Containers must be visible, easily accessible, and placed at the end of your driveway.

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Note: If you shovel a ledge in the snowbank for your containers, please make sure it's on the road-side, not the sidewalk-side. Collection crews have to have access to containers at the street curb. Thanks!

Tips for a windy day

If not properly prepared, recyclables, garbage and even the containers they are in can blow around and litter our community.

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Here are some tips to help ensure what you set out is collected:

  • Place paper (newspaper, flyers, magazines, etc.) in a plastic grocery bag and tie the handles of the bag. Place on top of containers to weigh them down. Or if you have lots of bagged paper, place in a separate blue box and place that box on top of your container-filled blue box.
  • Don't overfill your blue box or garbage can.
  • Save lightweight items for the following week's collection.
  •  Write your address on your blue box and garbage can in permanent marker. This makes it easier for them to be returned. If they do go missing, buy replacements at your local hardware store.
  • Crush bottles and cans, and flatten and bundle corrugated cardboard (maximum 75 cm by 75 cm by 20 cm or 30 in. by 30 in. by 8 in.) to make it harder for the wind to pick them up.
  •  Make sure garbage can lids are securely closed.
  • Don't set items to the curb the night before collection if a storm or high winds are expected. Place your items at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of collection.
  • Reminder that Styrofoam is not collected in the Blue Box program. Packaging Styrofoam (large bulky pieces that protect electronics, for instance) can be dropped off at the Waterloo Waste Management Centre, 925 Erb Street West (Gate 2) Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Fees will apply.

Thanks for your help! As always, collection crews will do their best to collect items at the curb.

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Yard waste residential collection program

A separate yard waste collection runs from spring to fall in most areas of the Region. All single family households the Tri-cities and in settlement areas of the Townships who receive weekly blue box and garbage collection also receive bi-weekly yard waste collection.

Yard waste Includes: leaves, plant trimmings, spring yard rakings, grass clippings, weeds, branches, pine cones. Read our Yard Waste Brochure for preparation information.

Wood waste contaminated with the Emerald ash borer or Spruce budworm: Do not recycle this material in the Yard Waste program. Please bring to either the Cambridge or Waterloo transfer station. Advise staff at the scale, so that the contaminated material is directed to the landfill. 

The 2014 yard waste collection ran from March 24 until November 28. Information about the 2015 collection schedule will be posted early in 2015.

Yard waste may be dropped off at our transfer stations. Fees will apply. 

What happens to it?

 

Collection issues for yard waste - when items are left behind and how to deal with them:

There are a number of reasons why things are left behind, including by-law requirements and health and safety concerns. Was your yard waste left behind with one of these stickers?

Uncollected Items sticker

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If so, below is some information which can help identify why items were left behind and how you can deal with them.

Here are some common reasons why items are left behind:

Here are some ways to deal with the items left behind:

Item is not acceptable in our program, such as plastic bags, dog toys, garbage, metal, lumber. These types of items do not compost in our program.

Remove unacceptable items and set out your yard waste on your next scheduled collection day. Alternatively, bring yard waste to one of the Region's facilities. Fees will apply.

Item presents a health and safety concern to the driver - such as pet waste, glass.

Remove pet waste, wrap it in newspaper or a paper bag, and then set it in your green bin.

Please wrap broken glass in several layers of newspaper and tape it closed and/or in a thick, strong plastic bag, and place in the garbage for next week's garbage collection.

Item was set out late.

Collection begins at 7 a.m. so all items must be set out by then to guarantee collection.

Item was set out not according to the schedule, i.e., yard waste collection schedule is not in effect or items were set out on the wrong week.

Yard waste collection is seasonal - it runs from March to November and is collected every other week during those months. Please check the schedule (see links above) to ensure you set out on the correct week.

Yard waste has not been properly prepared, such as improper container, oversized branches, unbundled branches.

Yard waste set out in blue boxes, cardboard boxes, green bins, or plastic bags will not be collected.

Yard waste should be placed in:

. kraft paper yard waste bag, or

. a garbage can with either a Region Yard Waste sticker or brightly coloured ribbon.

All bundles, bags and containers must weigh less than 23 kgs (50 lbs.)

Branches must be less than must be less than 7.5 cm (3 in.) in diameter, bundled, tied, and under 92 cm (3 ft.) in length. Any tree debris larger than noted above will not be collected and can be brought to a Regional facility. Fees will apply. 

Item is banned - is not allowed due to by-law requirements. Includes stumps, materials considered to be household hazardous waste (compact fluorescent light bulbs, paint, syringes, etc.)

Curbside collection trucks are not equipped to handle stumps, tree trunks or other large tree debris. Take this material to a Regional facility. Fees will apply.

Take household hazardous waste to a local business or a Regional facility. Check out the information available on our website.

 

Yard waste has not been set out in a proper location (such as behind parked cars)

Place your yard waste in a spot at the end of your driveway so that it can be easily seen and reached by collection staff. Do not place these items on top of or behind snow banks or behind cars parked along the curb.

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Paint reuse program

Are you planning to do some painting? We may have what you need!

Some paint that is dropped off at our Regional Household Hazardous Waste depots is still usable. This paint is then made available to Waterloo Region residents for no charge. Please note that the selection and amount of paint varies and cannot be reserved. First-come, first-served.

Season:  Spring until the first snowfall, as supply is available. The beginning and end of this giveaway depends on the weather. Please stay tuned for announcements in the spring of 2015.

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Wood chips (mulch)

Branches and Christmas trees are chipped up into garden quality wood chips. Residents of Waterloo Region can pick up this mulch at no charge, while supplies last:. Car, van and trailer loads only.  

Season:  Spring until the first snowfall, while supply lasts. The beginning and end of this giveaway depends on the weather. Please stay tuned for announcements in the spring of 2015.

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