Vacation is often a time when it is hard to find a place to recycle. Fortunately, the campgrounds in our area have recycling bins from Recycle Everywhere. They are well used.
A five-ton truck from Bakers Narrows brought a load to the Centre last week. We received another truck load Monday from the Grassy Narrows campgrounds.
I decided the topic for this column during the four hours it took me to go through the bags that arrived Monday.
Most of the items were beverage containers that are very recyclable.
Beverage containers should be emptied. Many are not. Everything was very wet. The large bags were dripping. We parked the bins with these bags by the drain. I went through the bags on our large utility sink.
Beverage containers, especially aluminum cans need to be contaminant free for recycling. Things like rocks, cigarette butts, plastic labels, food and other items are contaminants and need to be removed. Often containers with things in them become garbage because it is too time consuming to remove them.
Minnow containers are recyclable but minnows are not. These containers should be empty. A quick rinse is appreciated.
Milk cartons and juice boxes are fine, but most paper items will not survive in the ride with the beverage containers because of amount of liquid in them. If you can, take newspapers and magazines home to recycle them. If you need to get rid of them right away, place them in a closed water tight bag.
Two disposable propane tanks came in the recycling. They should go separately to the hazardous waste depot at the Flin Flon landfill.
It is great that campers are recycling.