Many products we use at home are hazardous. They have the danger symbols for explosive, flammable, poisonous or corrosive on their labels. They are a small part of our waste but have serious consequences in the environment.
For many years, hazardous waste was collected for safe disposal one afternoon in September at Centoba Park. It was not very convenient.
The Recycling Centre began accepting paint and compact fluorescent bulbs in March 2016. In July 2017 a full time collection depot for household hazardous waste (HHW) opened at the Flin Flon landfill.
Randy from Product Care, the industry organization that supports HHW safe disposal, trained landfill staff on correct sorting, storage and shipping for these materials. The large collection of hazardous waste that had accumulated at the landfill was cleaned up in the process.
Shipping hazardous materials requires correct labeling and a lot of paper work. Miller Environmental, the company who receives the material, provided forms that were mostly completed. We had to be sure to complete our part correctly when shipping with Gardewine.
This is changing. A truck from Miller Environmental arrived March 5 to collect the paint from the Recycling Centre and Home Hardware (which is also a collection site) and paint and barrels of hazardous materials from the landfill. They did all the paperwork. We just needed to sign off.
Miller plans to collect household hazardous materials twice a year in Flin Flon on a route that will include the other depots opening in the northern Manitoba.
Common household hazardous materials include all aerosol cans, small propane containers, flammable liquids including gasoline (must leave the container), pesticides and cleaning products.
A complete list is available at www.reGeneration.ca.