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The new Waste Collection Changes are here!  


The Region is temporarily out of green bins.  

A new shipment is expected in early April.  Click here for more information from our media release.

We recognize that residents who have not yet picked up a green bin may be challenged in meeting the new bag limits.  Residents are encouraged to recycle all they can through the blue box, which can still divert a great deal of material. We apologize for the inconvenience, but food waste must be in a green bin to be collected; the certified compostable or paper food waste bags are not designed to be placed out without a bin, and doing so will lead to critter and litter problems.


The Region of Waterloo's Waste Management Division provides residential

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

The Waste Management Division also operates the Region's one landfill and several 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. 

Why are empty green bins and blue boxes stacked after collection?

Empty green bin inside of stacked empty blue boxes  
  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.


2017 Collection calendar

A calendar has been delivered to every household in Waterloo Region with information on the new collection changes. Click to download the online version of the calendar

Tips for winter collection

  • Place your items out for collection by 7 a.m. on your collection day (not the night before). This helps keep items visible and keeps containers from freezing/makes them easier to empty.
  • Shovel out a shelf in the snowbank for your containers at the end of your driveway. Make sure it's on the road-side, not the sidewalk-side.
  • When you set your green bin out to the curb, and if you use a liner bag, please loosen the bag from the sides of the bin. This will help ensure that the contents empty out.
  • Please keep your items accessible from ground level, any ice salted, and snow cleared away.

Items set out for collection on a ledge in a snowbank

 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. These reminders will be helpful with the collection program changes.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.  If your green bin is broken, replace it

Pick up a free replacement at our Cambridge (201 Savage Drive) or Waterloo (925 Erb Street West, Gate 1) Administration buildings Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This helps ensure collection is efficient and prevents pests

Bring in your broken bin - we can recycle it!

Broken green bin

2.  Prevent organics sticking or freezing 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. Check the list of what is acceptable - the green bin can take a lot!

Go to the Green bin that! section on our green bin page. If you have a particular item to check on, 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.