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 email@example.com.
A sign of spring...yard waste collection starts this week!
Check 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 www.eatrightontario.ca 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 www.makethedrop.ca to find local businesses that take HHW items.
- Recycle electronics. Electronics contain materials that can be recycled. Go to http://recycleyourelectronics.ca/ to find a location near you and drop off computers, radios, televisions, phones, and other e-waste.
- Handle pet waste in a compostable way. With the thaw, yard cleanup for dog owners becomes a priority. Wheel a lined green bin to your backyard, scoop up the pet waste and put it in your green bin. Please remember the maximum allowable weight is 23 kilograms (50 pounds) and to 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Paper or certified compostable? If you are buying liner bags for your Green Bin program containers, you have choices
- Paper liner bags have long been accepted in the Green Bin program. Paper naturally composts and does not need any certification logos.
- 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
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.
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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