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Media Release - Fall Large Item Collection

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                              For Immediate Release


August 27th, 2018 – Fall collection of large household goods will be happening soon for residents in the Town of Petawawa, City of Pembroke and Township of Laurentian Valley. Acceptable items must not be placed curbside earlier than Sunday, September 9th.
In order for material to be collected it must be properly separated into three different piles:

Large Appliances & Scrap Metal Items

  • BBQ’s, stainless steel sinks, bikes, exercise equipment, microwave ovens, stoves, etc. Small metal appliances (irons, kettles, toasters) should be placed in your yellow bin (remove and discard cords in garbage).
  • Fridges, freezers, air conditioners, water coolers, dehumidifiers. It assists collection when appliances with Freon are kept in a separate pile, as they are picked-up separately.

Acceptable Large Items

  • Artificial Christmas Trees (Remove from cardboard box)
  • Boxsprings and mattresses
  • Carpets and underlay
  • Furniture (desks, couches)
  • Plastic – Large, bulky household plastic items (children’s swimming pools, lawn chairs, outdoor toys)
  • Pool covers

Electronic Waste

  • TV’s, computers, radios, speakers
  • “During the Spring Large Item Collection, we continued to see residents place all items into one pile.” States David Unrau, Director of Public Works for the Town of Petawawa. “Scrap metal, electronics and large garbage items are picked up by separate trucks. If the driver can’t see it because it’s mixed together or underneath, it may get missed.”
  • Residents are reminded of the other set out requirements for Large Item Collection:
  • Small items and material placed out in cardboard boxes or garbage bags or containers WILL NOT be collected.
  • Construction and Renovation material such as toilets, wood, windows and doors, hazardous waste or tires WILL NOT be collected.
  • Acceptable materials must be manageable by two people and cannot exceed 80 lbs, 27 cubic feet or 6 feet long.

Mr. Unrau explains why small items in garbage bags and cardboard boxes cannot be placed out for Large Item Collection. “This collection is intended for larger household items like furniture and mattresses. They are ground up and used in landfill operations as approved cover material at the Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre. Small items must be placed out with your regular garbage in a bag or container, not during large item collection.”
DO NOT place items out earlier than Sunday, September 9th. Collection will occur the week of September 10th on your regular collection day. Additional information on Municipal Waste Management programs is available on your collection schedule or at

Contact: David Unrau, Director of Public Works, Town of Petawawa, 613-687-5536
Brian Lewis, Operations Manager, City of Pembroke, 613-735-6821, ext. 1410
Mark Behm, Public Works Manager, Township of Laurentian Valley, 613-735-6291
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Appliances, scrap metal and electronics must be placed in separated piles so they can be collected for recycling. Small items and material in garbage bags or cardboard boxes will not be collected.

Material incorrectly set-out for Large Item Collection. Material set-out in cardboard boxes, bags or small items will not be collected. Appliances, scrap metal and electronics must be placed in separated piles so they can be collected for recycling.