December is a month for celebrating. In addition to Christmas day, there is a week of celebration of Hannukah and Kwanza.
The holiday festivities and gift giving create a lot of leftover materials making it the busiest time of the year at the Recycling Centre as many of these items can be recycled.
Recyclable items include plastic, boxboard (light cardboard) and other paper types of packaging materials, printed paper materials including Christmas cards without foil or non-paper decorations, Christmas lights, computers and anything attached to them, televisions, sound systems, telephones, microwaves, household batteries, paint and fluorescent bulbs.
Things that are not recyclable include gift wrap, bows, Christmas decorations, #6 plastic items, Styrofoam, plastic bags and wrap, small kitchen appliances and disposable plates, utensils and coffee cups.
A complete list of recyclable and non-recyclable items is available in the recycling flier mailed out earlier this year. The flier is available at the Recycling Centre as well.
The website has pictures of what is recyclable and what is not at www.flinflonrecycling.org.
If you are unsure, please call the Centre at 204 687-6169. We love answering questions.
Remember the three R’s this holiday season: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Reduce by making a donation to a charity in honour of that special someone.
Reuse gift bags and wash dishes instead of using disposables. Regift items you no longer use.
As we enter another year, we need to move towards a circular economy that recovers, reuses and recycles as much as possible instead of the current linear one of take, make, waste.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone from the Flin Flon Recycling Centre. Be kind to each other and to Mother Earth.