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Garbage, Recycling and Composting

A recycling bin and garbage pail by a curb

The Region of Waterloo manages residential collection for green-bin organicsblue-box recyclinggarbage, appliance and bulky items, and seasonal yard-waste collection. 

Regular collection runs on all statutory holidays except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

For more information, including your scheduled garbage collection day, visit Region of Waterloo or download Pingstreet.

New curbside collection changes - effective March 6, 2017

All residents of the region will now be under this collection cycle and these rules:

Waste type

Collection rotation

Limit

Rule(s)

Household garbage for single family homes and duplexes

Every second week 

4 approved bags or cans, up to 23 kilogram (50 pounds) each

Extra bags may be put out with a garbage tag

Household garbage for buildings with three to six units

Every second week 

10 approved bags or cans(up to 23 kilograms or 50 pounds each) per entire building. Landlords are responsible for making sure tenants know and follow the rules.

Extra bags may be put out with a garbage tag.

Bulky items and appliances for single family homes and duplexes

Every second week (on same day as garbage collection)

3 items (including furniture) that do not fit in an approved bag or container

Items cannot be sharp and do not include hazardous household waste or other prohibited items.

Bulky items and appliances for buildings with three to six units

Every second week (on same day as garbage collection)

10 items (including furniture) that do not fit in an approved bag or container. Landlords are responsible for making sure tenants know and follow the rules.

Items cannot be sharp and do not include hazardous household waste or other prohibited items.

Blue box

Every week

Unlimited number of boxes, up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) each

Blue boxes must meet approved size limits. You can buy extra boxes if you need them.

Green bin

Every week

Unlimited number of bins, up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) each

Green bins must meet approved size limits. You can get extra bins from the Region.

Yard waste

Every second week (alternate week from garbage collection, from March to November)

Unlimited bags, containers or bundles, up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) each

Must be placed in proper bags, marked containers or bundles.

 

Pet waste

Pet waste, including bedding, droppings, cat litter (must be bagged in a compostable bag or wrapped in paper) and should be disposed in the green bin.