Convenience is the key to encouraging people to recycle. The most convenient way for residents to get their recyclables to the Recycling Centre is to have it picked up at their homes.
It is also the most expensive in terms of cost to the service provider.
In 2014 Creighton began providing curbside pickup. It didn’t change their costs very much as they were providing garbage pickup twice a week. They changed the second day to recycling.
Garbage pickup in Flin Flon is only once a week. The Council decided the additional cost for recycling pickup was not a priority. Instead they decided to encourage recycling by purchasing a trailer that would be parked in a central location to make dropping off recyclables more convenient.
The trailer has been in the vacant lot beside Canadian Tire and Walmart since the summer of 2014. It has made recycling more convenient based on comments and how often it needs to be emptied.
The Recycling Centre has purchased another trailer to make recycling more convenient. The landfill attendants observed large quantities of recyclable cardboard going into the landfill. It was decided to park a trailer at the landfill to collect the cardboard.
Recyclable electronics will also be collected in the trailer.
The trailers are manufactured by Excel Industries in The Pas. There were several parked in convenient locations in that community and several others to collect recyclables that are taken to The Pas Recycling Centre.
The trailers are used for pickups now that the Town of The Pas, the RM of Kelsey and OCN provide curbside pickup.
The Recycling Centre provides curbside pickup in Flin Flon for a fee. Information is available at www.flinflonrecycling.org.