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 by email.


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Thanksgiving collection and hours

Please note: There is no change to collection services on Monday, October 12th. Please have all your items to the curb by 7 a.m.  All Waste Management sites will be closed to residents on Monday and will reopen on Tuesday. Happy Thanksgiving!


 Landfill Tours, Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come to the Waterloo landfill site for a free one-hour guided bus of the landfill operations and the Nyle Ludolph Materials Recycling Centre. Bus tours will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waterloo Waste Management Site, 1001 Erb's Road. Enter at gate 3. Reservations are required, call 519-575-4400, TTY: 519-575-4608, or email Read more...

 Watch here - this Mom's family blog

Meet the Greenbergs. A green binning family.

See how this family has made recycling organics part of their lives. The green bin is family-friendly!


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.


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Summer collection tip for your green bin

Are organics sticking to your green bin in this warm weather?

Put a paper egg carton or paper take-out drink tray in the bottom of your green bin. This makes it easier to empty out organics on collection day. 

Paper or certified compostable liner bags can help, too!

Share your summertime green bin tip on Twitter @wastewr or post it on Facebook Region of Waterloo Waste Management.

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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) the end of 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. 

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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.

Yard waste collection reminders

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  • 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 request 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

Check out collection details and schedule:

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!

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
Compostable logo image 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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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