The Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre (OVWRC) is pleased to offer the Environmental Days once again. After being cancelled the last two years due to COVID-19, the special event days will return to Petawawa, Pembroke and Laurentian Valley.

“The Environmental Days provide a convenient location within the community for residents to dispose of their hazardous and electronic waste.” Explains Sue McCrae, OVWRC General Manager. “Even though the Centre is open year-round for drop-off of these materials, the events make is easier for residents to safely dispose of items like batteries and computers.”

Residents of Petawawa, Pembroke, Laurentian Valley and North Algona Wilberforce can drop-off hazardous and electronic waste at any of the three events for no charge. Acceptable hazardous waste includes batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, oil, paint, propane cylinders and pesticides.  Materials must be in the original or well-marked container to indicate the contents. Containers must be properly sealed with no leaks. Commercial or unlabeled/unidentified products cannot be accepted. Acceptable electronic waste includes cameras, DVD players, computers, laptops, monitors, TVs and video game devices and consoles.

“We are so glad to be able to provide these events again.” Comments Laurentian Valley Mayor and Chair of the Ottawa Valley Waste Management Board, Steve Bennett.  “These events provide such a valuable service to the community by helping to keep hazardous materials out of our landfill.”

Environmental Days run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: May 14, Petawawa Civic Centre, June 4, Pembroke & Area Community Centre (Pem Ice 2, enter off Boundary Road), August 20, Rockwood Public School. Hazardous and electronic waste is also accepted year-round at the Centre’s permanent depot at 1076 Woito Station Road, during regular operating hours, Monday to Saturday.

Click here for a complete list of acceptable hazardous waste. 

Click here for a complete list of acceptable 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.