PSA - Household hazardous waste and sandbag collection

Please see below for a Public Service Announcement from our City of Ottawa staff on sandbag and hazardous waste collection for flood affected residents. 

Household hazardous waste and sandbag collection begins for residents affected by flooding

May 15, 2017 – The City will be starting to collect special household hazardous waste and sandbags for residents affected by flooding.

Special household hazardous waste collection starts May 17

House-to-house collection of special household hazardous waste will start on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday May 18, and will continue on Wednesdays and Thursdays for three weeks. 

Household hazardous waste must be kept separate from other debris.. These items will not be collected at the curb. Please have the items stored outside, in a location clearly visible and accessible from the road. 

Material must be left in a box or container. Any leaking containers should be placed in a secure container or be double-bagged and clearly labelled “HHW material.” Containers will not be returned to residents, aside from any blue bins or black bins. 

Sharp objects must be in sealed plastic containers. Any loose sharp objects will be left behind. 

Hazardous waste can consist of anything corrosive, flammable or poisonous. This can include items such as:

  • Aerosol containers
  • Propane cylinders
  • Disinfectants
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Mercury switches/thermometers
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Oven and window cleaners
  • Pool chemicals 

Sandbag collection

Flood-impacted residents can now dispose of their sandbags by bringing them to the curb. Sandbags must be kept separate from other debris. Bags do not need to be emptied before disposal. 

With 250,000 bags throughout the affected areas, the collection process will take a few weeks to complete.

Do not use the sand in beaches, gardens or sandboxes as it may be contaminated. Keep sand away from wells and waterways. 

In addition, residents can also use the Waste Explorer on to find local retailers that accept household hazardous waste, all year long, during their hours of operation. These retailers are participating members in the City’s Take it Back! program. Items can also be disposed of at a regularly scheduled City-run HHW depot

The City will continue to provide updates on, Twitter or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).  

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