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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Landfill construction and odour

The latest expansion area of the landfill is currently under construction. Part of landfill construction involves digging into old waste and connecting new landfill gas piping, which may create more odour than usual. Collecting the landfill gas is one of the main ways we control odour at the landfill (and the gas is used to generate electricity). Unfortunately, new pipes have to be connected in stages, and this is taking more time than expected due to the rainy weather. Contractors are working to have the new pipes connected and operating as soon as possible, but there may be increased odours around the landfill until the work is complete, likely by the end of September.

Until the new pipes are ready, staff are doing everything possible to control the odours. We would like to thank our neighbours for their patience during this inconvenient but necessary part of construction. More information about the landfill construction is available on our Operations pages. If you have a concern about landfill odour, please contact Linda Churchill, Senior Environmental Engineer, at 519-575-4400 ext. 8421.


Did you know? You can help reduce landfill odour over time by using the green bin! Less organics in our garbage means less gas/odour from the landfill.


Did you join a Climate Change March this past weekend?

The marches happened all over world and raised awareness about Greenhouse Gases (GHG) ahead of the United Nations summit.

Did you know that using the green bin reduces GHG? Latest figures show that green bin users in Waterloo Region reduced GHG by over 5,000 metric tonnes!

Imagine the impact if every household set out their green bin organics every week?! Your participation does make a difference.

If you need a green bin or need some help getting started, please contact us at 519-575-4400.


September 17, 1983:  Happy Anniversary Blue Box program!

Today is the anniversary of the roll out of the Blue Box program city-wide across Kitchener. See detailed timeline.

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After 31 years, Nyle's saying still rings true, "Recycling is something each one of us can do to help the environment".

Now recycling includes not only the Blue Box, but also the Green Bin!


Waste Management 101 for landlords and students

As you move in, please mind what you move out. 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.  


Residents participating in the Multi-residential Green Cart Pilot program

Our summer Green Cart newsletter is on its way to your home. Please see the answers to the item match quiz from the "Kids Corner" section.


Broken glass is an issue for collection crews! Here's how you can help

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  • Please do not place broken glass in your blue box. As well, do not place it unwrapped in your garbage bag since sharp edges can push through and cause injury.
  • Wrap broken glass in several layers of newspaper and tape shut. Place in a garbage can or bag.
  • Or place in a corrugated cardboard box, tape shut, label it as "broken glass" and place alongside your garbage.

Thanks for your help!


New flyer for Tri-city residents!

Our new one-page flyer has been recently delivered with the Cambridge Times, Kitchener Post and Waterloo Chronicle.

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This flyer has your current yard waste schedule, important blue box and green bin sorting information, new items accepted for recycling and tips on how to make sure it all gets picked up.

If you do not receive your copy and would like to receive one, e-mail us at waste@regionofwaterloo.ca.


Don't trash your grass - Grasscycle instead!

Leaving grass clippings on your lawn not only saves time and money, but also helps recycle nutrients your lawn needs. Find out more mowing tips and great grass facts in our flyer.


Recycle more!

Different types of plastic bags (plus outer wrap) are now accepted!

 

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Bags from bread, frozen vegetables, softener salt, newspapers and dry cleaning, and the plastic outer wrap from packages of toilet paper or soft drink cases may now be recycled. Please put empty bags in one bag, tie the bag closed. Place this along with newspapers in your blue box, or in the grey "paper products" cart if you are in a multi-residential complex participating in the Region's Cart recycling program.

See this flyer or our "Blue Box" page for details.


 Compost and woodchips are now available!

Compost and woodchips are now available at both the Cambridge and Waterloo waste management sites. Residents of Waterloo Region can pick up these up at no charge while supplies last.

The bicycle drop-off bunker 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.


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.


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

Paper or certified 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:          

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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.   

Contact(s)

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

Administration building hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 519-575-4400
TTY: 519-575-4608
Fax: 519-747-4944

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