The Flin Flon Round Table on the Environment and the Economy had shrunk to a small group concerned about the Environment when I joined them in 1992.
Our vision was to encourage people to be environmentally friendly by providing information, projects and advocacy.
Recycling seemed like a great place to start. Peter Bush, a committee member had collected paper for recycling that Greg East, another committee member was storing in a garage.
We found a company in Winnipeg that accepted paper for recycling. Healthy Flin Flon provided money for shipping. Gardewine parked a trailer at the Market Garden for four days in mid-November, 1992.
People brought 13 tons of paper which was loaded by volunteers.
That was the beginning. We purchased a used semi-trailer by selling advertising. It was parked at the Market Garden where we collected paper one weekend a month. Two more loads were sent.
We moved indoors in December 1994 and sold recyclables to cover costs. But we needed more funding to grow the program.
Organizations that give grants for projects want to know the money will be used as intended so we needed to get organized. The Committee was incorporated as a non-profit in January 1995 with bylaws describing how the organization would operate.
I remember meeting with a Flin Flon City Council committee. We needed money for a baler and other equipment. There were serious questions about how the program would continue and be accountable.
Incorporation papers and bylaws helped answers those questions. A $65,000.00 grant from Flin Flon City Council in 1996 meant recycling was here to stay.
Bylaws and business meetings aren’t very glamourous but they are an important part of the success of every organization.