Garbage Tags

Each garbage bag or can set out for collection that is over the limit needs to have a Region of Waterloo garbage tag on it. Bags or cans beyond the limit that do not have garbage tags will not be collected. 

COVID-19 update:  Locations selling garbage tags may be closed, or restrict access and/or services. If you need tags, please contact the location ahead of time or check their website for details. Or buy tags online. Please note: Delivery could take 7 to 10 days.

How to use garbage tags

Garbage bags: Tie your garbage bag closed. Remove the tag from the backing and wrap it around the neck of the garbage bag, sticking tag ends together. Do not use the tag to seal the bag.

Garbage cans:  Remove the garbage tag from the backing and stick it on the very top bag in your garbage can. Do not place it directly on the garbage can.

Tags cannot be used on bulky items, or at the Region's transfer stations.

Watch our video on garbage tags: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TazUGmTACo 

Where to buy garbage tags

Garbage tags are $2 each and are sold in sheets of 5 for $10. Tags do not have an expiry date. There is no refund for unused tags. 

1.  Buy online: Please note:  Delivery could take 7 to 10 days.

2. Buy at the following locations: 

Please note:  Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the locations below may be closed, or restrict access and/or services. Some may require you to provide proof of vaccinations and photo identification. Please contact them ahead of time or check their website for details.

Ayr

  • North Dumfries Community Complex (NDCC), 2958 Greenfield Road, Ayr, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Regional Library, 137 Stanley Street, Ayr, Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Baden

  • Township of Wilmot office, 60 Snyder's Road West, Baden, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Regional Library, 115 Snyder's Road, Baden, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wilmot Recreational Complex, 1291 Nafziger Road, Baden, Sunday 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bloomingdale

Regional Library, 860 Sawmill Road, Bloomingdale, Tuesday and Wednesday 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday 2 to 5 p.m.

Breslau

  • Breslau Community Centre 100 Andover Drive, Breslau N0B 1M0, Monday to Thursday 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Friday and Saturday 
  • Regional Library, Breslau Pop-up, 100 Andover Drive, Breslau NOB 1M0, Wednesdays 9 a.m. to noon, and 5 to 7 p.m.

Cambridge

  • Ainslie Street Transit Terminal, 35 Ainslie Street South, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 6:50 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.), Sunday/holidays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed 1:40 to 2:40 p.m.)
  • Allen Reuter Centre, 507 King Street East, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 62 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • City Hall, 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Customer Service desk, Region of Waterloo Public Health building, 150 Main Street, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • David Durward Centre, 62 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • G.E. (Ted) Wake Lounge, 31 Kribs Street, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • John Dolson Centre, 212 South Street, Cambridge, Monday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • W. G. Johnson Centre, 31 Kribs Street, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 1:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Waste Management site - Region of Waterloo - scale house - 201 Savage Drive, Cambridge N1T 1S6, Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • William E. Paulter Centre, 1145 Concession Road, Cambridge, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Elmira

Kitchener

City of Kitchener Community Centres:  Please go to the City of Kitchener's website for more information about their community centres, and any changes to their hours of operation and other measures due to COVID-19:

  • Breithaupt Centre, 350 Margaret Avenue, Kitchener, Monday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bridgeport Community Centre, 20 Tyson Drive, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary
  • Centreville Chicopee Community Centre, 141 Morgan Avenue, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary
  • Chandler Mowat Community Centre, 222 Chandler Drive, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary
  • Country Hill Community Centre, 100 Rittenhouse Road, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary
  • Downtown Community Centre, 35-B Weber Street West, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Forest Heights Community Centre, 1700 Queens Blvd., Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary
  • Kingsdale Community Centre, 72 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary
  • Mill Courtland Community Centre, 216 Mill Street, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary
  • Rockway Community Centre, 1405 King Street East, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary
  • Stanley Park Community Centre, 505 Franklin Street North, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary
  • Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Drive, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary
  • Williamsburg Community Centre, 1187 Fischer-Hallman Road, Kitchener, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend hours vary

Region of Waterloo sites:

Linwood

Regional Library, 5279 Ament Line, Linwood, Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Dundee

Regional Library, 136 Main Street, New Dundee, Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Hamburg

Regional Library, 145 Huron Road, New Hamburg, Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Clements

  • Township of Wellesley office 4639 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Regional Library, 3605 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements, Tuesday and Wednesday 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday 2 to 5 p.m.

St. Jacobs

Regional Library, 29 Queensway Drive, St. Jacobs, Tuesday and Thursday 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Waterloo

Wellesley

Regional Library, 1137 Henry Street, Wellesley, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

How to prevent the need for garbage tags

There are a lot of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle your waste:

  1. Use our waste reduction tips, including tips for reducing food waste, and for holidays and celebrations
  2. Check out all the materials you can recycle in the Blue Box program.
  3. Divert at least 50 per cent of your waste by using a green bin.
  4. Use return-to-vendor and other options in our community that are listed in our Residential Reuse and Recycle Directory.
  5. Check out Regional waste drop off programs.

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