Household Hazardous Waste Day in Chatham-Kent postponed due to COVID concerns

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the popular annual Household Hazardous Waste Day, but it will be rescheduled.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the popular annual Household Hazardous Waste Day, but it will be rescheduled.

Concerns over gathering limits due to the pandemic has prompted Chatham-Kent officials to cancel the event planned for Sept. 12, states a media release issue Friday morning.

The annual event has taken place since 2001 to provide residents the opportunity to safely dispose of everything from old oil and paint to used batteries and propane tanks at no charge.

The event will be rescheduled as soon as as it is safe to do so under restrictions enacted to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“The situation with COVID-19 is changing, and we fully anticipate to hold another event at a future date, but right now our priority must be the protection of the public and employees,” said Rick Kucera, Chatham-Kent’s manager of waste and recycling services, in the release. “We are urging the public to continue to safely store the materials they have until we can establish a new date.”

Household Hazardous Waste Day is a joint project between Chatham-Kent and Waste Connections of Canada’s Ridge Landfill and is designed to ensure hazardous material is not placed in garbage containers where it could possibly injure collection workers or cause environmental damage.

Last year, residents in more than 1,400 vehicles brought household hazardous waste to three public works garages. This was in addition to the hundreds of vehicles and residents who only dropped off used waste oil and were not included in the above-noted Household Hazardous Waste Day vehicle count.

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