The Flin Flon Recycling Centre is really a MRF, materials recovery facility. Recyclables are collected, prepped for baling, baled and shipped to mills where they are recycled into new things.
This may seem monotonous but there are always changes that keep things interesting.
A company offered to purchase our cardboard for $20.00 more per metric ton (MT) than the $30.00 we were getting. Cardboard is half of the materials we process. Our sales last year would have increased by $4,400.00 if we had that price.
That was a good reason to make some significant changes our operations.
We needed to ship at least 14 MT of only cardboard. This required more bales for a load. They needed to be stacked three high for shipping instead of two to get more in the shipping trailer.
We had to ship the bales without the pallets we use to make weighing, moving and stacking them easier.
We had to find more storage space. When we shipped everything to one place, we only needed space for one trailer load before shipping. Now we needed space for a load of cardboard and a load of the other materials.
We do not have a lot of space.
Out came the measuring tape. After much brainstorming and experimenting, we came up with a plan.
There is a new place for the beer cans, the battery cart, and the shredded paper carts. A table was shortened.
We must stay organized.
Pallets were modified so bales can be weighed, stored and shipped without breaking the wires holding them together.
Our first load was shipped February 8.
The great team of employees at the Recycling Centre worked together to make this happen.