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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2015 Township Waste Collection calendars

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The 2015 Waste Collection calendars for Woolwich, North Dumfries, Wilmot and Wellesley Townships have been delivered.

If you have not received yours, please call 519-575-4400 to request one. 

*Accessible format is available upon request.

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Christmas tree collection

Our special curbside collection program for Christmas trees has ended. Thanks to all of those who set out their tree for recycling!

If you still have a Christmas tree, here are ways to handle it:

  • Bring it to one of our Regional facilities for treecycling. Regular fees will apply. Trees dropped off will be chipped for mulch!
  • Set it out for garbage collection by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day. Trees set out at the curb will go to landfill.

Check out additional information about Christmas tree collection.

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 to date. 

Warm thanks and wintertime reminders

Our collection crews are out on the road doing the best they can in cold, snowy weather. Here are some reminders that help wintertime collection:

  • Place green bins, blue boxes, and garbage items to the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day (not the night before). This helps keep items visible and containers easier to empty.
  • Shovel out a shelf in the snowbank for your containers at the end of your driveway. Make sure it's on the road-side, not the sidewalk-side.
  • If you use a liner bag in your green bin, please loosen it from the sides of the bin.
  • Please keep your items accessible from ground level, any ice salted, and snow cleared away.

We appreciate your help in making collection as safe and efficient as possible in these wintery conditions!

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.

How to prepare for collection on a windy day

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

Landfill construction and odour

The latest expansion area of the landfill is currently under construction. Part of this construction involves digging into old waste and connecting new pipes for landfill gas collection. This may create more odour than usual.

Recently, new pipes were connected and a portable flare was started in the current landfill cell. Staff will closely monitor these two systems and make adjustments to balance gas collection.

Collecting landfill gas is one of the main ways we control odour at the landfill (and the gas is used to generate electricity).

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.

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