The community recycling program had no bank account in the beginning. Volunteers did the work. Sponsors were found to pay for shipping to Winnipeg when a truckload of paper had been collected.
A used semi-trailer was purchased by selling advertising on it. It was parked at the Market Garden. Another organization hosted the summer student grant.
This changed when recycling moved into a rented building in 1994. The program became eligible for the recycling subsidy by adding #1 plastic, tin, aluminium and glass to the items collected.
Prices for selling recyclables were very high at first which helped pay the bills. They fell dramatically after a year.
The City of Flin Flon provided a one-time grant of $65,000.00 in 1996 which allowed recycling to continue and grow. It was used to purchase a baler, a truck and trailer.
Some funding was provided each year by Flin Flon and Creighton. The amount did not increase significantly for over ten years.
In 2004, the Recycling Centre began managing the Flin Flon landfill and purchased a building with a tenant to subsidize the recycling program.
Prices for recyclables fell dramatically in 2008 forcing the end of the recycling pickup services and the suspension of cardboard recycling. The municipal governments provided emergency funding so recycling could survive.
In 2009, the Board held a public meeting to see if the community wanted a recycling program. There was strong support from a large crowd, so a new business plan was developed.
Pickup services returned with a fee to cover their cost. A per capita funding arrangement began with Flin Flon and Creighton. Denare Beach declined to participate.
Next week: one decision that made a big difference.