Champlain Township has announced the dates for the special garbage collection days in its four wards. It is an much-anticipated opportunity for householders to purge unwanted items, but Champlain Township, like other municipalities which hold such collection events, emphasizes that it’s important to put waste at the curb in keeping with the deadlines. Collection vehicles will not return to your street or road if your pile of trash was placed at the curb or roadside too late.

Annual Large Waste Items—Special Collection

Goodbye to your sofa, your furniture, your mattress, and your non-refrigerating appliances that clutter your home. Place all items no later than 6 a.m. on the Monday of the respective week listed below and not earlier than the weekend prior to your scheduled pickup. No vehicles will return to an area if pickup has already occurred.

Vankleek Hill (Ward 1) – Week of May 10

L’Orignal (Ward 2) – Week of May 17

Longueuil (Ward 3) – Week of May 24

Hawkesbury Ouest (Ward 4) South of Greenlane Road East and West including that section of Provincial Highway 34 to Provincial Highway 417 (including Greenlane Road East and West) – Week of May 10

Hawkesbury Ouest (Ward 4) North of Greenlane Road East and West including that section of Provincial Highway 34 (excluding Greenlane Road East and West) – Week of May 17

Building Materials and Renovation Waste Products

Construction and renovation materials will not be collected at the annual large waste items special collection or at the fall compost collection. It is also prohibited to set an open fire with construction materials made of or containing rubber, plastic, paint petroleum, tar, chemical wastes, pressure-treated wood, synthetic or man-made materials or any other materials considered to create excessive smoke or smell. Please bring all construction materials to the municipal landfill.

Electronic and Electrical Equipment

Electronic and electrical equipment will be collected by Recycle-Action the same week as the annual large waste items special collection. Please separate electronic and electric equipment from the other household garbage at the curbside.

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste are items or objects that are harmful to your health and the environment if they are thrown in the trash or in the sewers. The Township of Champlain, in partnership with the Town of Hawkesbury and East Hawkesbury Township, collects hazardous household waste for free twice a year, on Saturday, May 1 and Saturday, October 2, from 8:30 am to 2 pm at the sewage plant in Hawkesbury (815 Main Street East).

Municipal Landfill

Residents can bring items to the landfill as per the list of acceptable materials via a pickup truck, car and trailer every Saturday from May 1 to November 6 between 9 am and noon. Appliances (fridge, stoves, etc.) and tires with rims will be charged as per the usual fees.

Open Air Burning

Champlain Township is advising residents to contact them regarding any restrictions governing open air burning, before starting any fires or burning brush.

“With spring outdoor cleanup starting, we know some folks choose to burn brush and yard debris on their property,” explained Ghislain Pigeon, Director of Fire Service. Cleaning up debris and limiting the level of flammable vegetation surrounding your home is a good practice. But make sure the way you do it is safe—for you, your home, your neighbors, and the surrounding area.

A fire permit is required with specific conditions for burning. The permit costs $10 and shall not be issued for a period greater than seven consecutive days. Burning (fire or smoke) must not create a nuisance to neighboring properties. Open fires set directly to grass, weeds, leaves or other crops are strictly prohibited. It is also strictly prohibited to burn tires and household waste. All fires must be at a minimum distance of 100 feet from any building and can only burn one cubic meter of material at a time. Extinguishers or water must be available on site at all times during the fire and fires shall be supervised at all times and never be left unattended.

“Whether in the backyard of your home, the cottage or at a campground, make fire safety a priority,” Pigeon said. “Open air burning, especially if left unattended, can become difficult to control and can result in a serious widespread fire.”

Always keep fire safety in mind, contact the Township at 613-675-4727 for more information or any questions you have about our open air burning requirements.

Visit the Champlain Township website for more information on the special collections. Municipal waste collection services are essential to the quality of life in our communities, to our health and to the protection of the environment. Thank you for helping to keep our Township clean and green.