This is the last column in 2020. Time does fly by although waiting for life to return to normal seems to be taking a long time!
Recycling is an essential service so has continued while many other things are shut down. It is busy although there are fewer business pickups.
The weight of the print and packaging materials sent to Winnipeg for sorting is down nine metric tons (tonnes) compared to last year at the end of November. The pandemic cannot be blamed as this trend started in 2018. It is happening all over the province and seems to be caused by less paper.
The total tonnage recycled this year at the end of November is six tonnes more than last year. The majority is cardboard along with an increase in aluminum cans, and office paper.
Prices rose in March but have fallen since. There is still a sale price for cardboard which is good as there was a cost to recycle it last year.
The cost of sorting is expected to rise as prices for some materials in the mix continue to fall. When companies lose the revenue from selling materials, they cover their sorting costs by raising the price.
On a positive note, Christmas lights are now recyclable. It started with a question in our Facebook group: Flin Flon Recycling, and grew with information from another group member. The salvage company said they are currently more valuable than steal.
Christmas lights can be left at the Recycling Centre, in a bag at the Recycling Trailer by Canadian Tire or with the staff at the landfill.
Merry Christmas to all.