The Recycling Centre is a materials recovery facility or MRF. We collect recyclables and ship them other places to be made into something new. Most of the recyclables are household packaging and cardboard although other items add variety on a regular basis.
Someone works at the Recycling Centre every day because the pile on the dock gets too enormous and messy over the weekend.
The exception is statutory holidays although a volunteer may clear the dock.
Materials arrive in several ways. People drop it off at the Centre. The trailer by Canadian Tire is emptied Monday and Friday. We may get a truckload during the week if needed.
Denare Beach brings their curbside pickups on Wednesday and Creighton on Thursday and Friday.
We pick up recyclables from businesses every day. Some are on a monthly pickup schedule while others call us when they need one.
Recyclables are loaded into carts when they arrive. Cardboard goes directly into the cardboard baler. The other carts are emptied in the main work area where the glass, aluminum cans and garbage are removed. The rest goes into the hopper on the commingle baler.
Office paper goes to the back room for sorting.
We also receive cardboard bales from Coop and Canadian Tire.
We ship about 50 bales every two weeks. Our space is so small we cannot store them.
Electronic waste is stacked on pallets, wrapped and stored in the trailers attached to the building for shipping. A load of 24 pallets is shipped two to three times a year.
Batteries, fluorescent bulbs and paint are also packaged and shipped regularly.
Watching the number of tonnes grow shows us we are making a difference.