March already! I finally found the time to look at the recycling stats for last year.
2017 was a good year. We recycled 463 metric tons or tonnes. This is an increase of 21 tonnes over 2016 and the third highest total in our 25 year history.
Some trends are emerging.
More people are recycling at home.
We processed 156 tonnes of comingled materials. These recyclables come mostly from homes. This is up 8 tonnes over last year. In 2016 comingled materials were up four tonnes over 2015.
Cardboard continues to be about half of the materials recycled. Last year it was 45%, down slightly from 47% the year before
Electronic recycling continues to grow. In 2017 we shipped three trailers of electronics for a total just over thirty tonnes.
The future of electronics recycling will be interesting. Gadgets are getting smaller so more items may be recycled but the weights will not show it.
We recycled 400 kilograms of household batteries.
The household hazardous waste depot opened in 2017. Materials are shipped in large crates called tubskids and metal or plastic barrels or drums.
Nineteen tubskids and 31 drums of paint and other materials were shipped. There will be less in 2018 as many items were cleaned up at the landfill when the depot opened.
Last year 7,954 tires were recycled from the Flin Flon Landfill.
I just began keeping track of the boxes of fluorescent bulbs we shipped this year so I don’t have that number for 2017.
Next week we will look at where the money comes from to keep recycling happening in our community.
Thanks to everyone who helped make recycling happen in 2017.