The trailer by Canadian Tire is emptied at least twice a week. It is busiest on the weekend so it is usually brought to the Recycling Centre and emptied on Friday and Monday. If it is full during the week a truck load or two will be removed.
Recyclables are supposed to be in closed boxes or bags when they are placed in the trailer. The exception is cardboard which has its own space at the end of the trailer. It needs to be flattened.
Often there is a large amount of loose materials in the trailer after all the boxes and bags are removed. Some of that has occurred because someone has entered the trailer and opened bags in what appears to be a search for beer cans to return for money.
This does not explain the majority of the mess. I posted a picture of a six-inch layer of loose materials in the trailer last Friday on our Facebook page.
Loose materials take significantly longer to unload and create a mess.
Denare Beach brings their recyclables in the same kind of trailer. It is all in bags or boxes. It takes a maximum of 20 minutes to unload with no mess.
Our trailer takes at least a half an hour to empty and another 10 – 15 minutes to clean up the loose that falls out on the ground. Windy days are worse.
It is understandable that people don’t want to use plastic bags or that they collect their recyclables in a reusable container. There are blue bins at the Recycling Centre to accept loose materials.
The use of curbside pickup in Flin Flon would also help reduce this problem.