The Flin Flon Recycling Centre is one of three MRF’s in Northern Manitoba.
Thompson was the first community with a recycling program. They provided valuable information to local organizers in the early days of the Flin Flon program. Flin Flon shared shipping with Thompson as recyclables were sent to Edmonton at that time.
Several years ago the City of Thompson purchased a garbage truck that also picks up recycling. Each house has one bin for garbage and another for recycling. The truck picks up the recycling bin and empties it in the truck mechanically. The recyclables are dumped at the Centre and moved by on a conveyor for processing and baling.
Thompson Recycling Centre also processes recyclables from communities outside of Thompson. They recycled one million kilograms or 1,000 tonnes last year.
The Pas Recycling Centre began in the late ‘90’s. It received funding to build north of the community on Highway 10. In the beginning it provided curbside and business pickup services.
The recycling program was on hold for over a year. Pickup services were not part of the program when it reopened.
Recyclables are collected in trailers parked at several locations throughout the community. Sponsors paid for the trailers which are manufactured in The Pas.
The town of The Pas began a ‘tags for bags’ program in 2013. If residents have more than two bags of garbage they must buy a tag for the extra bags.
The Pas Recycling Centre also has trailers in Wanless, Clearwater Lake, Snow Lake and Cranberry Portage.
The Pas recycled 731 tonnes in 2014.
The Flin Flon Recycling Centre is located at 9 Timber Lane. It recycled 413 tonnes in 2014.