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 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.


This week is Waste Reduction Week!

What are you going to do?

Waste Reduction Week runs from October 20 to 26. It's a time to celebrate our local achievements in the 3R's (reduce, reuse and recycle), and challenge ourselves to do more.

Here are some facts:

  • The Blue Box program is a local invention! It started in 1983 by Nyle Ludolph with 35,000 homes. Now, millions all over the world are recycling!
  • On average, Waterloo Region residents divert approximately 52 per cent of their garbage every year by participating in local programs such as the Blue Box and Blue and Grey Cart recycling programs, Green Bin program, and dropping off household hazardous waste.
  • Curbside studies have shown, that only 33 per cent of garbage set out in Waterloo Region is actually garbage. Sixty-seven percent is actually recyclable (14 per cent "blue box" materials, 53 per cent "green bin" materials).

What you can do:

  1. Check out the official Waste Reduction Week website for ideas on how to reduce your waste. Consider joining the "Ease My Load" campaign.
  2. Green bin it! Green bins are available for no charge and staff are happy to help guide you in setting it up. There are handy tips and information on our webpage. With this being home of the first blue box, we are excellent recyclers in this Region. So, let's do it again with the green bin!
  3. Review what is now recyclable in the Blue Box. It has grown over the years. Did you know that you can recycle bread bags, blister packs, and empty aerosol cans? 
  4. Come for a tour of our Waterloo Waste Management Centre on Saturday, October 25. Visit the recycling centre, learn about landfill technologies, and so much more!  Each tour is approximately one hour long, and free of charge. To reserve a seat on the bus, please call 519-575-4400 TTY 519-575-4608 or email waste@regionofwaterloo.ca.
  5. Follow B.U.D. principle for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW): Buy only what you need - Use it all up - Dispose of leftovers properly. Some local retailers take back HHW and the Region operates drop-off facilities, too. So, gather up your leftover paint and fertilizers, and spent single-use batteries and compact fluorescent bulbs and find a depot near you.


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!


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.  


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

Please do not place broken glass in your blue box; only place whole jars out for recycling. As well, do not place unwrapped broken glass in your garbage bag since sharp edges can push through and cause injury.

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Instead:

  • 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!


A flyer for Tri-city residents!

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.

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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.


 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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