Publications and Resources

Below are flyers, recent newsletters and videos related to our programs and services. Alternate formats of all Waste publications are available upon request. 

Interested in receiving waste-related electronic newsletters? Go to our subscription page and sign up for Waste Management eNews and Environews.


Annual reports

Books on waste including upcycling, prevention, and composting

Want to learn more about waste? Below are books available at Region of Waterloo's libraries:

Books for children

  • Canada Recycles, Peter Cook
  • Composting, Dwayne Hicks
  • Cool Crafts series, Jane Yates (Includes Cool Crafts with Cans, Cool Crafts with Cardboard, and Cool Crafts with Plastic)
  • Crafting with Recyclables, Dana Meachen Rau
  • Earth-friendly Crafts series, Veronica Thompson (includes Earth-friendly Animal Crafts, Earth-friendly Earth Day crafts, Earth-friendly Engineering Crafts, Earth-friendly Math Crafts, Earth-friendly Tech Crafts)
  • Garbage Helps our Garden Grow: A Compost Story, Linda Glaser
  • Green Gardening and Composting, Molly Aloian
  • Kids Fight Plastic: How to be a #2minutesuperhero, Martin Dorey
  • Living Simply: A Teen Guide to Minimalism, Sally McGraw
  • Nature Recycles: How about you?, Michelle Lord
  • Ours to Share: Coexisting in a Crowded World, Karl Jones
  • Recycled Art, Emily Kington
  • Respect our World: Sustainability, Ramona Heikel
  • Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle, Erica Fyvie and Bill Slavin
  • You can Change the World, Lucy Bell

Books for adults

  • American Wasteland:  How America Throws Away Nearly Half of its Food (and What we can do About it), Jonathan Bloom
  • An Almost Zero Waste Life, Megean Weldon (Note: e-book)
  • Attainable Sustainable:  The Lost Art of Self-reliant Living, Kris Bordessa
  • Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures, Lara Spencer
  • Jewelry Upcycled: Techniques and Projects for Reusing Metal, Glass, Plastic, Fiber, and Found Objects, Sherri Haab
  • Living Simple, Free and Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter your Home and Reduce Stress, Debt, and Waste, Cristin Frank
  • Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify your Home and Life, Zoe Kim
  • Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide for Plastic-free Living, Sandra Ann Harris
  • The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life, Joshua Becker
  • The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells us about Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society, David Waltner-Toews (Note: local author)
  • The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook:  Save Food, Save Money, and Save the Planet, Cinda Chavich
  • This Old House Salvage-style Projects, Amy R. Hughes
  • Upcycle Your Wardrobe: 21 Sewing Projects for Unique, New Fashions, Mia Fuhrer
  • Upcycling, Max Mcmurdo (Note: e-book)
  • Wood Pallet DIY Projects: 20 Building Projects to Enrich your Home, your Heart and your Community, Stephen Fitzberger

Blue Box program

Learn more about federal and provincial initiatives related to the Blue Box program:

  • Ontario government is proposing a new plan for the Blue Box program which includes several changes including:  transition the responsibility from municipalities to product and packaging producers, and standardize the types of materials collected. Here's a recent update.
  • Canadian government's Zero Plastic Waste initiative.  

Cart programs (for schools and multi-unit buildings)



Green Bin collection


Learn more about provincial initiatives related to organics:

Resources for Landlords and Property Managers

Waste Management Division electronic newsletter

To subscribe to WMD eNews, go to the Region's subscription page. Below are copies of recent editions: 

Winter 2022

Fall 2021

Summer 2021

Spring 2021

Winter 2021

Waste Management Master Plan

We've had Waste Management Master Plans (WMMP) since the 1980's. The basic steps involved in our WMMP process involve:

  1. Consulting with local residents to understand their concerns about and ideas for waste management in Waterloo Region.
  2. Developing a plan that provides a schedule of new activities to research.
  3. Getting approval from Regional Council.
  4. Implementing the activity.

Our latest Waste Management Master Plan (WMMP) was approved by Regional Council in November, 2013, after extensive research, and public consultation (including an online survey and public information sessions). We needed a new WMMP given the majority of the original 1986 WMMP had been implemented.

Our WMMP provides a guideline on:

  • New ways to divert (reduce, reuse and recycle) waste from our one-and-only landfill, and
  • A long-term, sustainable option for dealing with garbage after our landfill closes. Note:  We adopted a waste hierarchy that includes “recovery” and considers recovery of energy and resources above landfilling.

The priorities and options in this master plan still require individual, detailed plans, budgets and approval by Regional Council.

To date, we have made good progress on our WMMP:

  1. March, 2017:  We implemented curbside collection policy changes to increase waste diversion including garbage bag/can limits, bi-weekly garbage collection, standardized Regional residential waste collection in all seven area municipalities, and a “user pay” program (garbage tags). Also, we combined our waste by-laws to create one waste by-law.
  2. June, 2018:  Recycling programs for drywall and wooden pallet started at our waste management sites.
  3. We have started investigating thermal technology options for residual garbage, established an inter-municipal working group to explore potential partnership opportunities, and continue to pursue opportunities with the Water Services Division to maximize synergies for processing and disposal of residual waste and biosolids.

Future plans include:

  • Investigate waste diversion options for multi-unit buildings (expected between 2019 to 2022)
  • Modifying depot drop-offs (design work is underway for our Waterloo site)

Reports and documents

  • Final Master Plan report which includes the Waste Reduction and Diversion Study. 
  • Reports to Planning and Works Committee and Regional Council:  
    • E13-127 Waste Management Master Plan:  Final Study Report to Planning and Works Committee November 12, 2013, approved by Regional Council on November 20, 2013.
    • TES-WMS-15-01  Waste Management Master Plan Implementation Update, February 3, 2015 
    • TES-WMS-16-05: Waste Management Master Plan Update, Completion of Thermal Treatment and Energy Recovery for Residual Waste Management Feasibility Study (Consultant Presentation), June 14, 2016.
    • Copies of these agendas and minutes of Committee and Council meetings can be found online.


1.  Virtual Tour:

Our award-winning and amazing virtual tour will take you “behind the scenes” in our Nyle Ludolph Materials Recycling Centre and landfill area at our Waterloo site. Take your time, move your cursor right, left and all the way around for an in-depth view of the different areas. To really bring the video alive, watch it with virtual-reality goggles.

During the video tour, you will see symbols:

Camera icon When you click on the camera icon, it will take you to a photo with a written description.

Icon for videoWhen you click on this icon, a video will play. (Update! We have added a new video about green bin and yard waste organics.)

Please note: There are many viewing points inside the Nyle Ludolph Materials Recycling Centre. Below is a map to help you navigate them. 


 Layout and viewing points of Nyle Ludolph Materials Recycling Centre

The tour also includes quick stops at our main scales, transfer station, and administration building. 

2. Video about What happens to green bin organics and yard waste after collection



3. Video about How green bin material is turned into compost 



4.  Fly-over video of our Waterloo landfill operations:


5.  Video on recycling plastic bags in the "Paper" blue box:

6.  Video on recycling containers in the "Containers only" blue box:

7.  Video about what can't be recycled in the Blue Box program:

8.  Video on how to use garbage tags:


9.  Video on handling disposable diapers: 

10.  Video about where garbage goes:

11.  Video about our blue box materials sorting facility:


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