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 e-mail

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Learn more about proposed curbside collection changes

Share your thoughts on these proposed changes at a special Public Input Meeting on May 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.


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The spring thaw means backyard cleanup for pet owners

DogIt's a dirty job, but the green bin makes it easier.

1.  Line your green bin with a paper or certified composable liner.

2.  Put some shredded paper from your home office or facial tissues from your bathroom in the bottom of the bag to prevent the bag from sticking to the bottom of the bin.

3.  Wheel the green bin to your backyard, scoop up the pet waste and put it in the bin. 

4.  When you set the bin to the curb for collection, please roll down the top of the liner bag or put a layer of paper waste (facial tissues, shredded paper, etc.) on top, so collection crews are not exposed to the pet waste. 

Please remember the maximum allowable weight is 23 kilograms (50 pounds).  Read our flyer for more information and options for handling pet waste. Thanks for handling pet waste in a "compostable" way!

How to prepare for collection on a windy day

Our changeable spring weather can include windy conditions. Help prevent litter by following these Tips for a windy day. Thanks for keeping our community clean!

A sign of spring...yard waste collection has started!

Bundle of twigsCheck out collection details and schedule:

Think "green" when you spring clean!

After such a long, record-breaking cold winter, it's wonderful to welcome spring! Here are some ways to "reduce-reuse-recycle" when you are spring cleaning:

  • Clean out your pantry, refrigerator, freezer and cold cellar. Consider using food storage charts available at and check expiry dates. Put old food in your green bin, and rinsed containers in your blue box for recycling. (Note: If some non-perishable food is still good to eat, but you don't think you'll use it, please donate it to the local food bank.)
  • Gid rid of houseold hazardous waste (HHW) safely. Sort through your garage, basement, cleaning supplies cupboard, and medicine cabinet. Set aside anything that you no longer use or has expired. Drop off paint, batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, motor oil, and other HHW items at the Region's depot located at 925 Erb Street West, Waterloo (Gate 2) Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Or go to to find local businesses that take HHW items.
  • Recycle electronics. Electronics contain materials that can be recycled. Go to to find a location near you and drop off computers, radios, televisions, phones, and other e-waste.

Plus there are many more ways to reduce, reuse and recycle! Check out these other local programs which accept everything from bicycles to usable household items.  

Waste transfer station fee changes

As part of the 2015 budget process, Regional Council has approved that the minimum charge at the Region of Waterloo's transfer stations will be $5, effective July 1, 2015. Read more.

Create an "eco-depot"

An eco-depot is a one-stop-sorting station. Separate containers are set up in key areas of your home (or workplace) for green bin organics, blue box recyclables and garbage. Eco-depots make it convenient to recycle and should reduce the amount of garbage.

Do you have an eco-depot? Show it off on Twitter @WasteWR or Facebook Region of Waterloo Waste Management.

Eco-depot in cupboard under the sink       

That's a lot of mulch!

Over 284 metric tonnes of Christmas trees were collected this year. That's a 25 per cent increase over 2013. These trees will be chipped into mulch. Thanks to all those who treecycled! In the spring, we'll let you know when woodchips are available for pickup.

Waste Management Master Plan update

What are the options when our landfill is full? Read this for information on the research and consultation processes, and recommendation

Update on the Waste Survey

The survey is now closed. If you would like to submit comments by email, please contact

Thank you to the thousands who completed the survey! The comments and data are being compiled.

Please see more information about the possible changes and frequently asked questions.

Paper or certified compostable?  If you are buying liner bags for your Green Bin program containers, you have choices

  1. Paper liner bags have long been accepted in the Green Bin program. Paper naturally composts and does not need any certification logos.
  2. Certified compostable plastic bags do need certification logos. Please look for one or both of these logos:        
Logos to look for when buying certified compostable bags
Compostablelogobw-box.jpg Certified Compostable US Logo

These logos mean that the bags have met composting standards. While the bags look similar to regular plastic bags, they are made from vegetable material.

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 more information, please read frequently asked questions, this flyer on Lining your container - the Choice is Yours  about liner options and how to use certified compostable plastic bags, or call our customer service staff at 519-575-4400.

Waste Management 101 for landlords and students

Garbage set out to the curb that is excessive and improperly-prepared can cause litter, raise concerns with neighbours, and are by-law infractions. The Region of Waterloo is here to help. Check out these online resources.  

Keeping informed just got easier with eNews!

Sign up for the Waste Management Division electronic newsletter to get recycling tips, seasonal collection details, upcoming events, and so much more. Enjoy keeping informed in a paper-less way!

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