It costs $17.00 to ship a bale. A bale of cardboard is worth about $15.00. Cardboard is 60% of a load.
It is obvious the money needed to process and ship recyclables is not covered by sale of materials. It comes from several sources.
In the beginning volunteers did the work. Selling materials paid the rent. Flin Flon contributed $6,500.00. A forklift was purchased with a grant.
Recycling subsidies became available when cans and plastics were added to the program.
In 1996 a one-time $65,000.00 grant from the City of Flin Flon was used to purchase a baler and other equipment needed for recycling to continue in our community.
Financial support from Flin Flon and Creighton increased only slightly over the next ten years while recycling grew by 60%.
The Centre purchased a building with a tenant and began managing the Flin Flon landfill in 2004. This revenue was needed to cover the increasing costs.
Prices for recyclables dropped or disappeared in the recession of 2007/2008. The two municipalities provided extra money both years to keep recycling afloat.
A per capita funding arrangement with was made with Flin Flon and Creighton following an overwhelmingly positive public meeting supporting recycling. Denare Beach began contributing the per capita payments in 2017.
The Centre charges for pickup services to cover the cost.
In 2018, the revenue percentages were: municipal recycling support - 27%, recycling subsidies - 21%, pick up services - 17%, rental Income - 15%, sale of recyclables including beer returns - 8.5%, Flin Flon landfill surplus - 9% and miscellaneous income like donations and the student grant - 2.5%.
Check out the Brief History of Recycling on our website, www.flinflonrecycling.org