|Household hazardous waste (HHW) does not belong in waste collection vehicles or landfills. In providing mobile depots to collect hazardous waste, the City of Ottawa is protecting both the environment and the health and safety of waste collection workers. The mobile depots will complement existing programs administered by retailers to collect specific types of household hazardous waste material on an ongoing basis.
In 2019, a record-breaking 20,414 participants dropped off a total of 692 tonnes of material at the City’s nine household hazardous waste depots. When compared to 2018, this represents an 11% increase in material collected. This year, the Public Works and Environmental Services Department (PWES) will continue to provide collection services for HHW such as corrosive, flammable or poisonous materials; by offering free one-day mobile depots from April 26, 2020 through to October 24, 2020.