Due to the current stay-at-home order, the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre, has cancelled the Environmental Day scheduled for May 8th at the Petawawa Civic Centre. The status of the June and August Environmental Days will be decided closer to their dates. These annual events allow for the drop-off of hazardous and electronic waste at convenient locations within the Community. The Waste Recovery Centre remains open to accept these materials at their permanent depot on Woito Station Road.

Sue McCrae, General Manager at the Centre explains why this decision was made.  “We want the Community to continue to adhere to the current health and safety measures required by the local Health Unit and Provincial Government.  At a temporary drop-off site, like those used for the Environmental Day, it would be harder to practice proper physical distancing measures for the safety of our staff and customers. We are better equipped to provide those safety measures at our permanent depot at the Waste Recovery Centre.”  

Residents of Petawawa, Pembroke, Laurentian Valley and North Algona Wilberforce can bring hazardous waste such as batteries, oil, paint and propane tanks to the Centre’s Hazardous Waste Depot at 1076 Woito Station Road.   Waste electronics such as computers, TV’s and speakers can also be dropped off.  Electronic waste and hazardous waste are accepted at no charge.

Residents are being reminded that Large Item Collection is occurring the end of May in Petawawa, Pembroke and Laurentian Valley and acceptable electronic waste can be placed out for pick-up.  It must be separate from other acceptable items.

Before visiting the Waste Recovery Centre, customers are asked to review the COVID-19 information on the Centre’s website and follow the direction of Centre staff while on-site.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience the cancellation of the Centre’s Environmental Day may cause but we feel this was the safest decision for both our customers and staff.  We hope to be able to provide the drop-off events in June and August and will make that decision closer to the scheduled dates.” States McCrae.

Click here for more information on hazardous waste. 

Click here for more information on electronic waste. 

Written by Elizabeth Graham
Elizabeth Graham has been the Communications Officer at Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre since November 2001. She loves all things up-cycled and re-purposed and enjoys working and volunteering within the community.