After a springtime hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Household Hazardous Waste disposal day returned for residents of Hawkesbury, Champlain, and East Hawkesbury on Saturday October 3.  Residents of those municipalities were allowed to deliver old chemical products like paint batteries to a temporary depot that had been set up at the sewage treatment plant in Hawkesbury.  All collection was done on a drive-through basis where visitors did not have to get out of their vehicles.  Staff and volunteers on site maintained physical distancing and wore proper protective equipment, at all times.

According to Hawkesbury Councillor and local recycling committee member Robert Lefebvre, 883 vehicles passed through the collection site on Saturday.  Normally, 625 to 650 vehicles pass through and 40 tonnes of material are collected.  However, about 60 tonnes of material were collected on October 5.

Students from École secondaire catholique régional de Hawkesbury volunteered with collecting the items.  In return for their help, the school is receiving an $1,800 donation for the purchase of chromebook tablets for grade nine students that they will get to use for their entire four years of high school.

Household Hazardous Waste disposal day is normally held in the spring and fall, but COVID-19 pandemic restrictions led to its cancellation and the October 3 event was the only one to be held this year.