Last Saturday (October 1) was Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for residents in Hawkesbury and the townships of Champlain and East Hawkesbury.

This year’s event set a new record by residents of the three municipalities, who were able to leave items such as paint, batteries, and old propane tanks at a depot set up outside the Hawkesbury Wastewater Treatment Plant. Drain-All, a company hired by the Hawkesbury and Area Joint Recycling Committee, takes the items away for safe disposal and recycling.

According to the committee, the October 1 event was the most successful household hazardous waste collection day it has ever held. On Saturday, 971 vehicles brought household hazardous waste for recycling, which was a 6.82 per cent increase from the 909 vehicles at the last collection day on October 2, 2021. At the household hazardous waste collection day held on October 3, 2020, 883 vehicles arrived with items for disposal.

Students from Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute volunteered at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in Hawkesbury on October 1. Students were able to accumulate volunteer hours required to obtain a high school diploma. In return, the school also receives a donation.

Some of the 971 vehicles which lined up for the Household Hazardous Waste collection day at the Hawkesbury Wastewater Treatment Plant on Saturday, October 1. Photo: James Morgan