The Household Hazardous Waste depot opened at the Flin Flon landfill last summer.
The Recycling Centre worked with the City of Flin Flon to access funding for the depot through Manitoba Product Care, the industry funded organization responsible for supporting the safe disposal of hazardous materials from households.
Two sea cans were purchased and modified in Winnipeg and installed at the Flin Flon landfill beside the oil collection building.
This is a great improvement for waste management in our community. Previously, hazardous materials were collected one afternoon in September at Centoba Park.
Hazardous items can now be disposed of properly any time.
People have brought items to the depot, but many people still don’t know about it.
There will be a special Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection day on Saturday, September 15 to try to increase awareness.
Items should be in original containers. Gasoline containers will not be returned.
What is hazardous waste? It is anything that has the danger symbols such as a skull and cross bones (poisonous), flame (flammable), boney hand (corrosive) inside a stop sign or triangle shape.
Common items include aerosol cans, paints, gasoline, flammable liquids, pesticides, fertilizers, cleaners, disposable propane containers and degreasers, glues, etc.
These items should definitely not go into the landfill or be dumped on the ground or down the drain. They are harmful. That is why they have those scary pictures.
There is no tipping fee when only household hazardous waste is brought to the landfill as these materials are shipped to Miller Environmental in Winnipeg for safe disposal.
The Recycling Centre also collects fluorescent bulbs and paint.
Call the Recycling Centre at (204) 687-6169 if you have any questions.