There is a picture on the wall in my office of me loading paper for recycling into a semi-trailer from the November 16, 1992 edition of the The Reminder.
It is a picture of the humble beginnings of recycling in our community. I called other recyclers in the province to find places to ship recyclables and to get information on what could be done to make recycling work.
The Environment Committee used the information to make decisions that kept recycling going.
A one-time capitalization grant from the City of Flin Flon in 1996 allowed us to buy the machinery need to establish the recycling program in our community.
I had no idea in those early days what recycling would look like in 23 years.
The Environment Committee became a non-profit corporation; the Flin Flon & District Environment Council, Inc.
We own a building, two vehicles, a baler and a forklift. We have 10 employees.
Batteries and electronics have been added to the program.
We have our own website.
Twenty-three years later we have recycled 6,691 metric tonnes.
And I am still here. I got involved because I wanted to do something locally to protect the environment. I had time as I was working part time and had no children.
Life changed and I had less time to volunteer. I was a very involved Board member while others managed daily operations at the Recycling Centre.
In 2013, I began working full time at the Recycling Centre. I am privileged to have a job working for a cause I believe in.
Many people have contributed to the success of recycling in our community. It has been a great journey leading the way.