It finally felt like things at the Recycling Centre were normal again Friday afternoon.
It started the week before Christmas when the new baler installation took over our small space. Some work was done, but materials began to pile up.
There is always a large volume of recyclables after Christmas that keeps us busy well into January. This year’s pile became exceptionally large as the flu took out one person for the first week of January and another for two days.
The death of one of our employees was a shock. One employee needed the week off. The rest of us were not at our best.
The recycling trailers beside Canadian Tire and from Denare Beach were neglected.
We finally cleared the floor by the end of January.
This allowed our electrician to be able to put in the wiring to the new baler. But it refused to run. It seemed a safety switch somewhere wasn’t in the right position.
The forklift broke down. It is critical to our operations as we need to stack 350 – 450 kg bales. So we rented one for a week, finally found someone to fix it and ordered the new radiator.
We found the switch on the baler, made an adjustment and the new baler is running.
The new radiator for the forklift arrived.
The rented forklift left Thursday afternoon. Our forklift arrived Friday morning.
Operations have returned to normal although the new baler changes ‘normal’. Co-mingled materials are fed into it by a conveyor. It is easier and faster.
We still need to adjust the sensors for the bale size. The 550 kg bales are too big.
Our team will figure it out.