The Recycling Centre is operated by the Flin Flon & District Environment Council, Inc., a non-profit organization. All the money that comes in is used to cover costs.
The pandemic affected the markets for recycled materials in 2020. At the beginning of the year cardboard was worth nothing. Office paper had a bit of value.
Prices increased when the pandemic hit. The price for office paper, which is made into disposable paper products like paper towels, increased significantly then dropped by more than half by the end of the year. Cardboard had value again as business closures meant there was less available.
Ten percent of revenue in 2020 came from selling recyclables and beer empty returns; an increase of 4.5%. Forty percent of this was beer returns which increased by 18% over 2019.
Recycling support grants from Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach and individual lake residents provided 21% of the revenue in 2020.
Support from the stewardship organizations that subsidize print and packaging materials (PPM), electronics and hazardous waste provided 36% of revenue. Lower sale prices in 2019 resulted in an increase in the subsidy for PPM.
The Recycling Centre charges fees to cover the cost of pickup services. In 2020, 13% of revenue came from these fees including the sale of red bags.
The Recycling Centre owns the building. Rent from the tenant provided 13% of the revenue.
The surplus from the Environment Council’s contract to operate the Flin Flon Landfill provided 5% of revenues.
Miscellaneous revenue including the student grant, donations and memberships provided 3% of the revenue.
The stability provided by these sources of revenue means recycling will continue to make a difference in our community.