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Two hazardous household waste collections in the Haut-Saint-Laurent

Citizens living in any of the 13 municipalities of the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent will be able to bring their hazardous household waste (HHW) to one of two special collections taking place in July and September this year.

Along with HHW, residents can also safely dispose of electronics, computer, and electrical equipment, as well as small and medium-sized household appliances and refrigerators (under 100 pounds and three cubic feet) during these collections.

According to Émilie Escafit, the waste management coordinator with the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, all the materials collected will be recycled or appropriately treated so they do not harm human health or the environment, which would not be the case if they were thrown in the garbage, down the drain, or directly into nature.

The special collections will take place on July 6 at the municipal garage in Saint-Anicet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on September 28 at the Ormstown ecocentre from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HHW is identified as having one or more of the properties associated with hazardous materials (flammable, leachable, toxic, corrosive, explosive, oxidizing), whether they are contained in a liquid, viscous, paste, powder, or gaseous form. Other items classified as HHW include computer equipment, refrigerating appliances or batteries, due to the chemical substances and heavy metals contained in these products.

Only household materials will be accepted. Tires and medication will be refused, as will all agricultural, industrial, and commercial waste. Proof of residency will be required.

For a detailed list of accepted household products and collection instructions, visit the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent website: (SR)

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