Community recycling began 24 years ago. I have been privileged to be in the front lines of making it happen. It has been an interesting journey with lots of learning by doing and making mistakes.
I was reminded again these last few weeks that many people are part of making it happen.
In the beginning all the work was done by volunteers. Their skills and contributions helped avoid pitfalls and find good ways to move the program forward.
Bob Fortier’s contributions were invaluable. He asked one day if he could volunteer less than a year after recycling began. He volunteered almost every day for 15 years, doing whatever needed to be done.
Some volunteers helped for a short time and others contributed for several years. Some sorted recyclables for shipping. Others helped behind the scenes with money, publicity, fundraising, and finding or maintaining the building.
Thirty two people have served as Board members of the Flin Flon & District Environment Council, Inc., the non-profit organization responsible for the recycling program. They spent many hours making decisions and working to keep the program going in some very tough times.
Recyclers are the main contributors to the program. If no one wanted to recycle the program would not exist today.
Community was evident again this summer as eight teams participated in the Voyageur Canoe Races and a crowd enjoyed the music at the Cabar-eh! Both were fundraisers for recycling.
Individuals do many little things that help. Thanks to a volunteer Board member the recycling truck is looking good with new blue paint. The landscaping and ‘skirting’ on the trailer at the Recycling Centre are wonderful improvements.
Thanks to everyone who makes recycling happen.