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
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.
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.
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!
This two-box sort system will help you store your recyclables more conveniently and make collection more efficient.
CONTAINERS ONLY BLUE BOX
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).
PAPER PRODUCTS AND PLASTIC BAGS
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
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!
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.