The Recycling Centre is operated by the Flin Flon & District Environment Council, Inc., a non-profit organization. Its goal is to encourage environmentally friendly activities in our community. The recycling program is the main activity.
As a non-profit, the organization is not trying to make money. All the money that comes in is used to cover costs.
Good business practices are still important as there must be enough funds to pay the bills.
It is a good thing profit is not the goal as selling recyclables does not make money. In 2017 only 10% of the revenue came from sales. One third of that came from returning empty beer containers.
Municipal governments are responsible for taking care of waste. The recycling support grants from Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach provide the largest portion of the revenue at 29%.
In Manitoba industries that produce recyclable waste must subsidize the cost of recycling through stewardship programs. This includes household recycling, tires, electronics, batteries and household hazardous waste.
The recycling program received 21% of its funding from stewardship programs last year.
The Recycling Centre charges a fee to cover the cost of pickup services. Seventeen percent of last year’s revenue came from business pickup fees and the red bag curbside program.
The Recycling Centre owns the building at 9 Timber Lane. The rental agreement with its tenant provided 14% of the revenue.
The surplus from the Recycling Centre’s contract to operate the Flin Flon Landfill provided 5% of revenues.
Four percent of revenue came from a variety of places including a student grant, donations and fundraising.
The stability provided by these funds means recycling will continue to make a difference in our community.