April 22 is Earth Day. It is a day set aside to bring attention to importance of protecting the Earth so it can support life.
The first one was in the United States in 1970. It was organized by a two US senators, one a Republican, the other a Democrat. People from all walks of life and political parties participated.
It became recognized around the world in 1990. The focus has changed over the years. Recycling was important in the 1990’s. Climate change is the main concern since the early 2000’s.
Earth Day is on Sunday this year. The Recycling Centre is celebrating by inviting everyone to an open house from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The Centre is located at 9 Timber Lane, in the Eecol Electric building.
You will see how all the different materials are processed and stored for shipping and the new baler in action. You can get an answer to all your recycling questions.
The Recycling Centre is really a Materials Recovery Facility or a MRF. Nothing is recycled into new things here.
Household recyclables, corrugated cardboard and office paper are compressed into large bales and shipped to Winnipeg. They are sorted and sent to mills in the United States or Eastern Canada where they are made into new products.
Household batteries, fluorescent bulbs, paint, printer cartridges and electronics are also collected.
Every Earth Day the company we ship to in Winnipeg sends information about the difference our recycling made the previous year.
In 2017, recycling from our communities saved: 5,949 mature trees, 50,646 bathtubs full of water, electricity to power 117 households for a year and 229 dump truck loads of garbage from the landfill.
Recycling makes a difference.