The Flin Flon & District Environment Council, Inc. is a non-profit corporation. Its mission is to promote environmental responsibility through education, projects and advocacy.
The Board of Directors makes decisions about what the organization does.
Recycling was the first project and has become the main activity of the organization.
Some of the environmental benefits from recycling in our community between January 1 and September 30, 2015 are:
1,226.4 cubic yards kept from landfill
1,859,480 kWh of saved energy
Carbon dioxide emissions reduce by 931.5 tonnes
3,689 mature trees saved
The environmental benefits of recycling motivated the Board to save the recycling program in the tough times between 2007 and 2010.
The organization was in survival mode when Barb Lyons joined in 2009. She put much effort into understanding how everything from funding to job descriptions worked.
Her husband Bob joined the Board in 2010 bringing experience managing finances for non-profits and expertise in equipment maintenance and training.
Together with other Board members, they considered several options to move forward.
In 2012, an advisor from MMSM, the organization that provides recycling subsidy met with the Administrator and Barb. He described the financial benefits of paying someone with equipment to sort recyclables and discussed pickup fees that cover actual costs.
Barb understood the benefits right away. She and Bob advocated for these changes at the Board level even as others were concerned about reducing the number of employees.
The Board of Directors decided to stop sorting in October 2013. Service fees were increased the following year.
The recycling program has benefited greatly from Barb’s vision. Her work contributed to the Board’s decisions that have resulted in stability for the recycling program.