Items to be shredded, sold, and dropped off in Petrolia

Town of Petrolia sign. Sept. 2014. (Photo by

Petrolia will be busy this weekend as residents look to get rid of unwanted items.

Town-wide garage sales return Friday and Saturday. A community shred day and waste depot is also scheduled for July 24.

The rescheduled 2021 Petrolia Town-Wide Garage Sales, organized by the Volunteer Business Group and Town of Petrolia, will include safety guidelines this year for both sellers and customers.

Some requests for sellers include spacing tables to allow for social distancing, limiting the number of people on their property, and having sanitizer readily available. Whereas customers are encouraged to limit handling items and to consider wearing a mask.

“The town-wide garage sale is generally a huge event for the town. [It’s] another sign that we’re returning to normal,” said Dave Menzies, director of facilities and community services for the Town of Petrolia.

Residents wanting to get rid of personal documents can also take advantage of a free community shred day that is being handled by A&W Locksmith.

“Typically we get a lot of residents getting rid of their personal documents and old banks statements,” he said. “It’s the safest, easiest way to get rid of any type of personal information. The town is happy to provide this service with the help of John McCharles, a Re/Max broker, who’s covering the cost of the event.”

Documents can be dropped off in the municipal parking lot, behind Victoria Hall, on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The shredded paper will then be properly recycled.

A new e-waste depot is also being held on Saturday.

The Lions Club of Petrolia is organizing the drop-off event from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Residents can drop off their waste at 100 Annie Street or schedule a pick-up option by calling (519) 330-1621.