The future of waste management in Waterloo Region
The Waste Management Master Plan (WMMP) is a study that will guide our waste collection, diversion, and disposal activities for 20 or more years.
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The Region of Waterloo's Waste Management Division provides residential blue box, green bin, garbage, yard waste, and large item collection 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 six 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 519-883-5100 or e-mail email@example.com.
Christmas tree collection is December 30, 2013 - January 10, 2014
Remove plastic bags, tinsel, lights, decorations and tree stands.
Home of the blue box!
On Sept 26, 1983, the first ever community curbside Blue Box program was launched city-wide in Kitchener.
When first started, recyclable materials were newspaper, glass and steel cans. The program has changed with the times. Today, plastics make up the largest volume of recyclable material collected.
Plus, food waste recycling! We can now recycle about 80% of the garbage we make in our homes by just using the blue box and its sister, the green bin.
The main reason for starting the first-ever Blue Box program: “Garbage is a problem throughout Canada – lost natural resources and energy, and damage to the environment. Recycling is one of the best solutions to our current waste problems“, KW Record, 1983. This is still so very valid today.
Carry on the recycling tradition we started. Nyle Ludolph
What happens to glass after it goes into the blue box? Check out how glass is diverted in Waterloo Region.
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
Paper or certfied compostable? If you are buying liner bags for your Green Bin program containers, you have choices - paper or certified compostable plastic.
Paper liner bags have long been accepted in the Green Bin program. Paper naturally composts and does not need any certification logos.
However, certified compostable plastic bags, which only began to be accepted by our Green Bin program as of July 1st, 2013, do need certification logos. The logos mean that the bags have met composting standards. While certified compostable plastic bags look similar to regular plastic bags, they are different: they are made from vegetable material, and have a logo on them which proves they passed the compostability test.
So, when buying paper liner bags, you don't have to look for a logo.
When buying certified compostable plastic liner bags, you do. Please look for one or both of these logos:
Note: Certified compostable plastic liner bags are the only plastics allowed in our Green Bin program. All other plastics, including sandwich bags, food wrapping, plastic plates and cutlery, and "degradeable" bags such as biodegradable or oxo-degradable, are not accepted. For frequently asked questions, click here.