Due to the ongoing requirement to practice physical distancing, the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre, has cancelled the 2020 Environmental Days (the next scheduled event was to be held August 22nd at Rockwood Public School).  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.  “Like many organizations we have been monitoring the local pandemic situation and have been following all health and safety measures based on the recommendations from the local Health Unit.  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 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 restrictions and follow the direction of Centre staff while on-site.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience the cancellation of the Centre’s Environmental Days may cause but we feel this was the safest decision for both our customers and staff.” States McCrae.

cars lined up dropping off hazardous 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.