Waste Drop-off Sites and Programs

We operate two drop-off facilities to help residents recycle and dispose of various types of waste. Fees apply for all loads. Sites are closed on statutory and designated holidays. Please see the sections below for details.

Woman unloading waste from her vehicle at a transfer station

For an overview of our drop-off sites, watch this short video. 

We encourage residents to make only essential trips to our sites, especially during COVID:

Bringing waste to our sites:  How to plan ahead

  1. Read the by-law and bans to understand the rules and requirements. We can only accept waste that has been created in Waterloo Region. Violators can be refused entry and in some cases, face surcharges at our drop-off locations.

  2. Determine what gate/site you can access based on your type of vehicle:
    • Gate 2 at our Waterloo site can accept vehicles such as cars, vans, and pickup trucks with a maximum length of 10 metres (35 feet) and total gross weight (combined weight of vehicle and load) of less than 25,000 kilograms (55,000 pounds). 
    • Gate 1 of our Waterloo site can accept vehicles such as pickup trucks with self-tipping trailers, roll-off trucks, dump trucks, and tractor trailers up to 24 metres (80 feet) and weighing up to 80,000 kilograms (176,000 pounds). 
    • Our Cambridge site can accept all kinds of vehicles from cars and pickup trucks to tractor trailers up to 24 metres (80 feet) long and weighing up to 80,000 kilograms (176,000 pounds). If you have a dump trailer, please inform the scale operator and you'll be directed to the tipping floor of our transfer building. Note: This option is not available on Saturdays.
  3. Sort loads by material type if you want to be charged lower tipping fees. You will be required to drop off any garbage first, then weigh each remaining material (such as blue box items, yard waste, etc.) separately. Loads of mixed materials will be charged at the highest applicable rate.
  4. Be aware of the fee schedule, payment options, and hours of operation. See sections below.
  5. Prepare the proper identification, such as proof of residency
  6. Bring helper(s) to unload, if necessary. Region of Waterloo staff is not permitted to assist you.
  7. Wear safety gear and bring tools, as appropriate (such as gloves and garden fork if you have loose yard waste). Closed-toe footwear, ideally safety boots are recommended for your protection at all sites. Safety boots and a high-visibility safety vest are required at Gate 1 of our Waterloo site.
  8. Secure open loads, such as with tarps or ropes.
  9. Schedule a time that works for you, but note that Saturdays are usually very busy - expect lineups. Our sites are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Note: If you have a broken blue box or green bin bring it, too! You can pick up a replacement, if you need one, and we can recycle your broken container. 

When you are onsite

  1. The following COVID-19 measures are in place:
    • Staff limit the number of vehicles permitted on site.

    • Drop-off areas, bins and bunkers have been separated to allow for appropriate distancing.

    • Residents are reminded to please restrict themselves to essential trips only, and to observe physical distancing.
    • For payment, credit or debit cards are preferred. Cash is accepted.
  2. Your vehicle will be weighed in and out. Wait for the green light before driving onto the scale. Do not get out of your vehicle while on the scale.
  3. Provide the information required by the scale house operator, such as what material(s) you have for disposal. Be prepared to show photo identification proving you are a resident of Waterloo Region. Or if you are contracted to do work in Waterloo Region, the signed agreement/letter on letterhead of the local business.
  4. Follow instructions provided by staff and on signage. Obey posted speed limits.
  5. Drop off the correct material in the correct bin/area. Do not push down/compact the material inside bins and drop-off areas.
  6. If you have different materials to drop off in different bins/areas, secure your load (such as closing the trunk) before moving to the next bin/area.
  7. Please reduce pollution and do not idle your vehicle. Park and turn off your vehicle when dropping off material.
  8. Children, pets, and non-helpers must remain in the vehicle at all times.
  9. Do not remove, scavenge, or scatter any waste material.
  10. Do not smoke.
  11. Be prepared to pay fees when weighing out.
  12. If you are picking up replacement blue boxes or green bins and dropping off your broken containers, 
    • at our Cambridge site, please inform the scale house operator and they will provide directions
    • at our Waterloo site (Gate 2), go to the brown Household Hazardous Waste depot which is located on the left-hand side before the inbound scale.

Locations and hours of operation of our waste management sites

Our locations accept waste that has been generated within only Waterloo Region. Waste from other jurisdictions is not allowed.

  • Cambridge Waste Management site, 201 Savage Drive, Cambridge, Ontario N1T 1S6, Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Waterloo Waste Management site, 925 Erb Street West, Gate 2, Waterloo Ontario N2J 3Z4, Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Waterloo and Cambridge landfill site maps

Notes: 

Holiday hours of operation:  

Our sites are closed to residents on statutory and designated holidays. See the list below:

  • Family Day:  Monday, February 21, 2022
  • Easter: Friday, April 15, 2022, and Monday, April 18, 2022
  • Victoria Day: Monday, May 23, 2022
  • Canada Day: Friday, July 1, 2022
  • Civic Holiday:  Monday, August 1, 2022
  • Labour Day: Monday, September 5, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Day: Monday, October 10, 2022
  • Remembrance Day:  Friday, November 11, 2022
  • 2022 Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and 2023 New Years Day:  Details to come.

Materials accepted and fees

  • Our locations accept waste generated within only Waterloo Region.
  • There is a minimum $10 fee at the waste drop-off locations (some exemptions apply). Loads over the $10 minimum will be charged at the rates listed below. The $10 fee covers up to 120 kilograms of garbage, or 240 kilograms of recyclables. Note that the minimum fee is in place to partially recover the costs of operating this service and to encourage residents to use their curbside service.
  • Please sort your waste to ensure recyclables get recycled, and only garbage goes into our local landfill.
  • Loads of mixed materials will be charged at the highest rate. For example, if you have garbage and cardboard, you will be charged the garbage rate. 
  • Payment options: debit, credit (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) or cash. Garbage tags cannot be used towards payment at our locations.
  • Our sites are closed for residential drop-off on all statutory and designated holidays. 
  1. General refuse/garbage is charged at $8.80 per 100 kilograms. 
  2. Garbage requiring special handling, such as stumps greater than 60 centimetres (24 inches) in diameter, brush greater than 2.4 meters (8 feet) in length, wire, Styrofoam. These items are accepted at our Waterloo site only and are charged at $17.60 per 100 kilograms. 
  3. Recyclables including blue box materials, green bin organics, and yard waste are charged at $4.40 per 100 kilograms.
  4. Appliances and scrap metal are charged at $4.40 per 100 kilograms. Note: A $10 per unit Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) removal fee also applies for some appliances. 

  5. Inerts, such as clean fill, bricks and concrete rubble, are charged at $4.40 per 100 kilograms. Note: An additional surcharge rate applies if concrete rubble contains rebar, wire mesh, or other embedded materials or is in oversized pieces.

  6. Drywall (gypsum wallboard) is charged at $8.80 per 100 kilograms. See details about this diversion program below.
  7. Wooden pallets/skids are charged at $8.80 per 100 kilograms. See details about this diversion program below.

Other services:

  • Garbage tags are sold at $10 per sheet ($2 per tag and 5 tags per sheet) at the Cambridge and Waterloo (Gate 2) scale houses.
  • Weighing personal vehicle is charged at $10 per vehicle. 

Waste drop-off programs for residents

 Below are programs we operate for various types of waste.

Cooking oil

For larger quantities of cooking oil. Maximum 25 litres.

Cost:  Free

Where:

  • Cambridge Waste Management site, 201 Savage Drive, Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please tell the scale house operator that you have cooking oil to recycle and the operator will provide instructions.
  • Waterloo Waste Management site, 925 Erb Street West (Gate 2), Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please empty your container in the labelled bulk cooking oil tank near the Household Hazardous Waste depot (on the left before you reach the inbound scale). Empty plastic containers can be placed in the nearby recycling cart.

Our sites are closed on statutory and designated holidays.

What happens to it? The used cooking oil gets recycled into bio-diesel. 

Diapers and incontinence products

Residents who receive our curbside collection can drop off a clear bag containing diapers or incontinence products only to either of the Region's waste management sites.

Cost:  Free 

Where:

  • Cambridge Waste Management site, 201 Savage Drive, Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Waterloo Waste Management site, 925 Erb Street West (Gate 2), Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Our sites are closed on statutory and designated holidays.

What happens to it? Diapers and incontinence products will be landfilled. 

Drywall (gypsum wallboard)

This voluntary diversion program accepts drywall that is free of contamination. Drywall that is painted, or wet (from rain or snow), but clean is still acceptable. Metal screws, nails and corner bead are acceptable.
  • No wood, plastic, insulation, ceramic tiles and other garbage. 
  • No cement wallboard (often used in bathrooms and basements).

Cost:  $8.80 per 100 kilograms. 

Where:

  • Cambridge Waste Management site, 201 Savage Drive, Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Waterloo Waste Management site, 925 Erb Street West (Gate 2), Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Our sites are closed on statutory and designated holidays.

What happens to it? All drywall collected through this program is 100 per cent diverted from landfill, and reused in products for soil stabilization and/or animal bedding. 

Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste includes batteries, paint, medicine, motor oil, syringes and cleaning products. Go to our Household Hazardous Waste page for details.

Wooden pallets

This voluntary diversion program accepts wooden pallets that are free of contamination. Existing nails or staples in pallets are acceptable. Wooden pallets that are wet (from rain or snow) but clean are acceptable.
  • No metal or plastic banding, no plastic wrap, and other garbage.
  • No other types of wood. 

Cost:  $8.80 per 100 kilograms.

Where:

  • Cambridge Waste Management site, 201 Savage Drive, Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Waterloo Waste Management site, 925 Erb Street West (Gate 2), Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Our sites are closed on statutory and designated holidays.

What happens to the pallets? They are 100 per cent diverted from landfill, and reused (ground up and used as animal bedding).

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