Every month we calculate the number of metric tons (tonnes) recycled. At the end of July we are 29 tonnes ahead of July 2014.
That is awesome.
A conversation reminded me how many people contribute this success.
The person I was talking to is an avid recycler who encourages others to recycle. There are many members of our community who promote recycling.
Politicians are part of it.
The provincial government has required industry to subsidize recycling costs. These subsidies provided 14% of the revenue last year.
City and town Councillor’s decisions to support recycling are very important. In 1996 the decision of Flin Flon City Council to give a large one time grant made it possible for recycling in our community to survive and grow.
Ongoing financial support from the City of Flin Flon and Town of Creighton Councils provided 28% of last year’s revenue.
Many ordinary people also make it happen as politicians are usually moved by public opinion.
Many have made financial donations to the Recycling Program.
Individuals contribute as Board members volunteering their time in many ways. They oversee operations, contribute ideas and make decisions at meetings. They offer their skills in other ways from maintaining equipment, painting coffee rooms, and organizing fundraisers.
The employees make recycling successful everyday by working hard and suggesting ways to make things work better.
If ordinary people did not make recycling a habit in their homes, all this work would be pointless. Fortunately, people want to do their part to help the environment by recycling.
If you are not recycling, join the crowd. For more information go to www.flinflonrecycling.org, Flin Flon Recycling on Facebook or call 204 687 6169.