Waste Management

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 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.

For any collection issue, please call our 24-hour Customer Service desk at 519-575-4400

Photo of 1983 Blue Box Recycling Program ad

September 26, 2016 marks the 33 year anniversary of the Blue Box Program in Waterloo Region!

The program has had many transformations and improvements over the decades. This year, a new larger-sized blue box will be accepted at the curb for containers (cans, cartons, bottles and jars). Read more about the "containers only" box, and the two blue box sorting system in these FAQs.

Thanks to all who participated in the BIG blue box event!

All the boxes were given out on Saturday. More boxes will be available in October. Stay tuned for details.

Collection notice:  Yard waste

There may be delays in your yard waste collection. If your yard waste is not collected on your regular collection day, please leave it out.

Detour sign

Construction notice: Accessing gates at 925 Erb Street West, Waterloo

Roundabouts are being constructed at Gate 1 and Gate 2 at 925 Erb Street West this summer. At times, traffic may be down to one lane, and/or detoured through a different route.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.


How to recycle coffee cups

Watch this short video.

Paper take-out coffee cup with detached plastic lid

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.

Man collecting compost at the landfill

Compost and mulch is now available at the Cambridge and Waterloo landfill

Residents of Waterloo Region can pick up compost (maximum 5 bushels) from spring to fall at no charge while supplies last at the Cambridge (201 Savage Drive) and Waterloo (925 Erb Street West - Gate 2) Waste Management sites between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Compost is not available during the winter.

Season:  April 14 until October 31, 2016 as supply is available.

Thank you for diverting yard waste from landfill and helping to make useful compost.

Yard waste collection Yard waste properly prepared at the curb

For more information, please go to our yard waste page or check this schedule. Township residents: Please refer to your calendar.

Waste changes are coming!

The collection changes that start in March 2017 will result in several benefits:

Read more about the collection changes and benefits.

Do you want to start preparing now for these changes? Here are some ideas.

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Introducing My Waste app - Collection information and reminders at your fingertips!

This new, free app is for homeowners in Waterloo Region with curbside collection. It offers:

  • easy-to-find waste information and
  • a quick set up for set-out reminders for our collection programs.

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!

Household hazardous waste depot is now open at the Cambridge Transfer station!

The Cambridge Waste Management site is now accepting a wide range of household hazardous waste, located at 201 Savage Dr., Cambridge, Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on statutory holidays.

Collection tip for your green bin

Are 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!

Share your favourite green bin tip on Twitter @wastewr or post it on Facebook Region of Waterloo Waste Management.

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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.