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 waste@regionofwaterloo.ca. 

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Easter Holiday collection and closures:

  • Curbside collection: There is no change to collection due to the Easter holiday. Please have your items set out to the curb by 7 a.m. as usual on  Friday, April 18th and Monday, April 21st.
  • The Region's waste management sites, including transfer stations, are closed to the public on Friday and Monday.

Landfill tours!

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Come to the Waterloo landfill site for a free one-hour tour of the landfill operations, and the recycling sorting centre. Bus tours will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Waterloo Waste Management site at 1001 Erb Street West, enter at Gate 3. Free parking.

The tour is a great way to see first hand what happens to our waste. Perfect for everyone. Reservations required for this popular event.

Please call 519-575-4400 ext. 8449 or email SSteenson@regionofwaterloo.ca to book your spot.

The Bicycle Drop-off program is now open

Dropping off your old, unwanted bicycle at the Waterloo waste management site will help our community in many ways. Through our partners, volunteers work with youth to teach bike repair skills, refurbished bikes are given to persons living with low incomes, and useful material is diverted from our one-and-only landfill. Read more...

A sign of spring: Yard waste collection has started!

Even though we're still dealing with cold temperatures and some snow on the ground, yard waste will be collected if properly prepared.

Do you have brush/branches and other tree debris from the December ice storm? Tipping fees for residential loads that contain only this type of wood waste will be waived from Saturday, April 5 through Saturday, May 3 at Regional transfer stations. Please check with your local municipal office for tree debris clean-up programs or drop-off sites. (Links for each municipality are at the bottom of this page.)

For more information about the Region's bi-weekly Yard Waste program collection schedule and preparation instructions, please check out our Yard Waste program section

If you need assistance in knowing when your collection is, or would like to order a Yard Waste sticker, please contact our customer service staff at 519-575-4400 or by e-mail at waste@regionofwaterloo.ca

Spring cleaning? Dispose of household hazardous waste safely

When you're decluttering this spring, please set aside any Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) for proper disposal. HHW includes:

  • compact fluorescent light bulbs (they contain mercury)
  • expired medicines
  • household cleaners, waxes, and polishes
  • single-use batteries
  • paint.

Bring HHW to the Region's depot at 925 Erb Street West (Gate 2), Waterloo from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Or, there are local retailers that also take back some HHW items. For more information about retailer take back programs, the full list of HHW items accepted at the Region's depot, and preparation details, please check out our HHW program section.

Thanks for properly disposing of HHW! You are helping to recycle materials and protect our community from harmful chemicals.

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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

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:          

Certified Compostable US Logo

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.   


Region of Waterloo Waste Management
925 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 3Z4

Phone: 519-883-5100
TTY: 519-575-4608
Fax: 519-747-4944

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