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

Minimum drop-off fee changes to $5 starting July 1st

Beginning July 1, 2015 ,the minimum charge for dropping your items off at all of our Waste Management sites will be $5. Please see our new fee schedule for more information. The landfill offers many other diversion programs to help you reuse and recycle.

Happy Canada Day!

There is no change to the curbside collection schedule on Wednesday, July 1st. Please have all your items to the curb by 7 a.m. for collection.

All landfill sites and transfers stations will be closed to residential customers and will re-open for business on July 2nd.

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Detour signA "roundabout" way to get to the Cambridge Waste Transfer Station

Savage Drive in Cambridge is closed at Franklin Boulevard until (approximately) September as the Region is constructing a roundabout there. All traffic will have to turn east on Clyde Road (off of Franklin), then south on Dobbie Drive, and then east on Savage Drive to the transfer station. We apologize for in any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during the construction. 

Curbside collection services will be changing

To learn more about the proposed changes, please see the Frequently Asked Questions, or the Waste Changes Update page.

Need a green bin?Green bin

If you've never green binned before or have tried it, but stopped, it's never too late to start green binning. Or perhaps your green bin is broken and you need a replacement?

We are here to help! Green bins are available for no charge at the Cambridge (201 Savage Drive) and Waterloo (925 Erb Street West - Gate 1) Waste Management sites Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Green binning is a recycling program for food scraps, pet waste, paper products (such as facial tissues and paper plates), and other organics.

You will be amazed at the difference it makes. An average home can divert over 40 per cent of their waste by green binning.

For more information about our grand Green Bin program, check this web page.

Image of gardening potsRecycling is always in season - especially during  spring planting time!

 * Plastic plant pots and flats: Rinse and put in your blue box loose along with your other containers. Please remove the hanger part from any plastic hanging baskets and place the hanger in the garbage.

*Soil, manure, seed, fertilizer, and mulch bags: Empty, clean and stuff all bags inside one bag to prevent litter. Put in your blue box alongside newspapers and cardboard.

*Dead plants: Recycle all dead plants with your yard waste.

A sign of spring...yard waste collection has started!

Bundle of twigsCheck out collection details and schedule:


  • No plastic bags, please. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected. Please use paper yard waste bags, or reusable (garbage can) containers. Place a large bright coloured ribbon on the handle or yard waste sticker on the side. Call 519-575-4400 to receive a yard waste sticker.
  • No limit! Set out all of your properly-prepared yard waste on your scheduled collection day
  • Only yard waste organics. Yard waste includes plant trimmings, spring rakings, grass clippings, branches, leaves, weeds, and pine cones. Please sort out any litter, recyclables, and garbage

How to prepare for collection on a windy day

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

Think Green, Act Green, Be GreenAfter 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 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, 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 to find local businesses that take HHW items.

Recycle electronics. Electronics contain materials that can be recycled. Go to to find a location near you and drop off computers, radios, televisions, phones, and other e-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.

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.  

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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