There is a picture on the wall in my office from the November 16, 1992 edition of the The Reminder. I am loading paper into a semi-trailer.
This picture captures the humble beginnings of recycling in our community.
The newly formed Environment Committee decided to try recycling in our community. I called other recyclers in the province for information on how to make it work.
It was an exciting and challenging time.
Recycling was stored in semi-trailer for two years before moving into 7 Timber Lane in 1994.
A capitalization grant from the City of Flin Flon in 1996 allowed us to buy equipment. This meant recycling was here to stay.
I had no idea then what recycling would become.
Twenty-five years later we have recycled 7,525 metric tonnes.
The Environment Committee became the Flin Flon & District Environment Council, Inc. in 1995.
We own a building, two vehicles, two balers and a forklift. We have 10 employees.
We also recycle batteries, printer cartridges, electronics, paint and fluorescent bulbs.
Our employees are at the landfill where tires, oil, metal and hazardous waste are recycled.
And I am still here. I got involved because I had an interest in protecting the environment.
I was the first paid employee for 9 months beginning in 1996. Carie MacIntosh took my place. I was still very involved as the Chairperson of the Environment Council. After Carie served for four years Doreen Murray took over. She managed through many changes and challenges in the next 12 years. I was hired when she retired in 2013.
Many people have contributed to the success of recycling in our community. It has been a great journey.