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The Region of Waterloo's Waste Management Division

1.  Provides residential collection services:

in all seven area municipalities (the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo, and the townships of North Dumfries, Wilmot, Wellesley, and Woolwich).

2. Operates the Region's one landfill and two transfer stations.

The Division is committed to excellent and responsive service while reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

We are here to help! If you cannot find the waste management information you are looking for on this or on our other web pages, please contact our office at 519-575-4400 or by email.

Questions or collection issues? Please call our 24-hour Customer Service desk at 519-575-4400.

Last chance for 2017 yard waste collection!

The last week for yard waste collection for residents in Kitchener and theTownships is November 20 to 24, 2017. The last week of yard waste collection for residents in Cambridge and Waterloo is November 27 to December 1, 2017.  After these dates, residents will need to bring their yard waste to the Region's transfer stations for disposal (fees apply).  See more information on our Yard Waste page

Why are empty green bins and blue boxes Empty green bin inside of stacked empty blue boxesstacked after collection?

  1. To help prevent breakage.
  2. To prevent empty bins from blowing around.
  3. So our staff can easily see that material has been collected.


 Download the My Waste app!

This free app is for homeowners in Waterloo Region with curbside collection. It offers easy-to-find waste information and set-out reminders. Advertisement for My Waste app

Download this free app from the App Store or Google Play. Blackberry users can access My Waste functions via Pingstreet, available through Blackberry World. An online version is available, too! 

Reduce time and waste. Get the app!

How to recycle coffee cups

 Paper take-out coffee cup with detached plastic lidWatch this short video.

Remove the plastic lid from the empty paper cup and place both pieces in with other containers in your Blue Box.

For multi-residential sites using large recycling carts, please place in the blue "Containers" cart.

Reduce the waste! Use a refillable travel mug instead.

For more information about recycling, go to our Blue Box page.

It's as easy as 1, 2:  Do the 2 box sort

This two-box sort system will help you store your recyclables more conveniently and make collection more efficient.


Maximum size of box:  68 to 91 litres (18 to 24 gallons)

What to recycle:

  • Rigid plastic food, beverage, cleaning, personal and pet care containers including clam shells, "blister packs"/ hard plastic packaging (from packages of toys, electronics, etc.). No Styrofoam.
  • Drinking boxes, milk and juice cartons
  • Paper coffee cups
  • Glass bottles and jars. No broken glass.
  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Aerosol and paint cans (Dry paint cans only. Remove lid.)
  • Aluminum foil wrap and trays   

How to prepare the recyclables:  Empty and rinse containers. Discard straws. Remove lids if it's a different material than the bottle (e.g. metal lid on a glass bottle, plastic lid from a paper coffee cup).


Maximum size of box: 45 to 60 litres (12 to 16 gallons)  A larger box can be used, but do not exceed the 23 kg (50 pound) weight limit. Overweight boxes will not be collected.  

 What to recycle:

  • Paper including newspaper, writing paper, envelopes
  • Books: hard and soft covered
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Boxboard including cereal, tissue, egg cartons, toilet paper rolls .
  • Plastic bags including grocery, bread, fruit/veg, zippered bags, salt bags. No stand-up pouch bags or stretch wrap
  • Plastic outer wrap from packages of diapers, pop, water bottles, etc.   

How to prepare the recyclables: Empty, dry bags only. Stuff all plastic bags and outer wrap into one bag and tie shut. Bag or bundle paper. Discard liner bags from boxes. Flatten and bundle cardboard no larger than 75x75x75 cm (30x30x8 inches)    

Top 3 tips for green binning

 1.  Layer your food scraps with paper waste

By layering your food scraps with paper waste such as shredded paper from your home office, or facial tissues from your bathrooms, you will help to ensure that any liquids are absorbed, and contents of your green bin are easier to empty out on collection day.

Shredded paper

2.  Prevent organics sticking to your green bin

Put a paper egg carton or paper take-out drink tray in the bottom of your green bin. This makes it easier to empty out organics on collection day.

Paper or certified compostable liner bags can help, too!

Image of egg carton placed inside the bottom of a green cart

 3. Green bin liners need to be loosened to ensure they are collected. For example, if certified compostable plastic liners are wrapped around the rim of the green bin, they may be left behind by the collector.


Reminder:   Wondering if a particular item is accepted? Ask the Waste Whiz!

By green binning all you can, you will reduce your garbage, help extend the life of our landfill and make compost!

Mixed organics

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Waterloo and Cambridge waste management sites are open Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for residential drop-off except for statutory holidays.