The final numbers are in for 2014.
The Recycling Centre processed 413.7 metric tons (tonnes) of recyclables last year which is 17 tonnes more than 2013. This continues the steady increase since 2009.
Our record was 500 tonnes in 2007 when residential and business pick up services were almost free. The prices for the materials dropped significantly that year resulting in financial problems for the Centre. All pick up services were suspended. In 2008, 398 tonnes were recycled and in 2009 it was only 239 tonnes as cardboard recycling was suspended mid-year.
The Recycling Centre Board wondered if the community supported recycling so a public meeting was held in April 2009. Many attended and expressed their support so the Board forged ahead with a new financial plan.
Business pickups resumed that year after several indicated they would be willing to pay for the service. Residential curbside services resumed in 2010 with a fee paid by purchasing a red bag. This along with the decision to accept cardboard again was the beginning of the numbers going up.
Our biggest increase ever was in 2011 when 342 tonnes were recycled, up from 243 in 2010. Much of the increase was cardboard but a good percentage came from homes.
The increase of 40 tonnes in 2012 was all cardboard. The increase started in July when Flin Flon began tipping fees at their landfill.
The annual increase in tonnage the last two years have been some of the smallest in over 20 years. It has been evenly split between cardboard and other materials.
If you are not recycling, 2015 is the year! If you are, encourage someone you know to begin.