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Waste Changes

The new curbside collection changes for Waterloo Region (including changes to garbage, recycling, organics, yard waste, and collection schedules and dates) will begin March 6, 2017.

Changes to residential curbside collection

All residents of the region will now be under this collection cycle and these rules:

List of waste type and collection cycle effective March 6, 2017

Waste type

Collection rotation

Limit

Rule(s)

Household garbage for single family homes and duplexes

Every second week 

4 approved bags or cans, up to 23 kilogram (50 pounds) each

Extra bags may be put out with a garbage tag

Household garbage for buildings with three to six units

Every second week 

10 approved bags or cans(up to 23 kilograms or 50 pounds each) per entire building. Landlords are responsible for making sure tenants know and follow the rules.

Extra bags may be put out with a garbage tag.

Bulky items and appliances for single family homes and duplexes

Every second week (on same day as garbage collection)

3 items (including furniture) that do not fit in an approved bag or container

Items cannot be sharp and do not include hazardous household waste or other prohibited items.

Bulky items and appliances for buildings with three to six units

Every second week (on same day as garbage collection)

10 items (including furniture) that do not fit in an approved bag or container. Landlords are responsible for making sure tenants know and follow the rules.

Items cannot be sharp and do not include hazardous household waste or other prohibited items.

Blue box

Every week

Unlimited number of boxes, up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) each

Blue boxes must meet approved size limits. You can buy extra boxes if you need them.

Green bin

Every week

Unlimited number of bins, up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) each

Green bins must meet approved size limits. You can get extra bins from the Region.

Yard waste

Every second week (alternate week from garbage collection, from March to November)

Unlimited bags, containers or bundles, up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) each

Must be placed in proper bags, marked containers or bundles.

Businesses and buildings with 7 or more units
Businesses and buildings with 7 or more units do not receive curbside collection from the Region.
Collection schedule and dates

See the curbside collection schedule for your area to learn which day is your garbage day, and what week your garbage collection is scheduled for (garbage collection will alternate between the city of Kitchener and Townships one week, and the cities of Cambridge and Waterloo the next).  

You can also download the My Waste app to get personalized reminders about your garbage day.

Special collection days

Throughout the year, there will be some special collection days when you can put out more garbage than the 4 bag limit without needing a garbage tag.

List of special waste type and exceptions to the collection cycle effective March 6, 2017

Waste type

Collection rotation

Limit

Rule(s)

Christmas tree

January 2 to January 12, 2018

Unlimited

Tree(s) must be at curb on collection day by 7 a.m.

Double garbage limit day

After certain statutory holidays (Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day)

Double the regular bag or can limit without the need for garbage tags.

Any bags or cans over the double limit will require garbage tags. This applies only to the day listed on your garbage collection calendar for your area.

Larger families and diapers

There are no exceptions for larger families or residential homes with multiple people living there. Although more people will generate more waste, most of that waste can still be put in the green bin or blue box.

There is no exception for infant diapers, including those from home daycare businesses. Diapers will not pose a health hazard if handled and stored properly. The Region's Public Health department recommends:

  • Double bag items and place in a secure, covered garbage can to deter pest, vermin, and animals.
  • Store the garbage can in a cool location out of the sun to impede decomposition and minimize odours.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling garbage. 

You can bring a clear bag containing diapers only to either of the Region's transfer stations for free drop-off.  

There is a medical exemption available for those requiring incontinence products.

Rural township residents and farms
Rural households and farms will receive the same level of service as single family homes, including the weekly collection of green bins and blue boxes.  Green bins will be delivered to those who have not previously had service in early 2017.
Construction, renovation and moving waste
Construction, renovation and moving waste does not fall under standard curbside collection and must be disposed of separately, generally at the landfill or transfer stations, or through private collection.
Garbage tags

If you find that you need additional bags on your collection day, you can buy bag tags for $2/bag.

10 free garbage tags

We are providing everyone with 10 free garbage tags just before we begin the new schedule. You will receive these tags in the mail with the new collection calendar (delivery February 2017).

Tags don't expire, so make sure you save them for occasions when you have more garbage than the limit, and remember that around certain holidays we do have double garbage limit days.

When you run out of free tags, you will have to buy garbage tags for every extra bag or container over the limit. If you do not put garbage tags on your extra bags or cans, they will be left behind (with a notice explaining why items were left).

What goes where?
Not sure where it goes? See the complete garbage and recycling rules and limits page or ask the Waste Whiz.
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