There is a variety of places to get rid of waste. Many household materials, tires, metal, used oil, batteries are recycled. Plant waste can be composted.
What about the hazardous items? That’s the stuff in containers with the danger symbols on them. The symbols show a skull and cross bones (poisonous), flame (flammable), boney hand (corrosive) inside a stop sign shape. Items with the triangle shaped exploding rock displayed with the flame symbol (physically hazardous) are also included.
These items include paints, gasoline and other flammable liquids, pesticides, aerosol cans, cleaners and degreasers, glues, and medication. It also includes all sizes of fluorescent bulbs.
These items should definitely not go to the landfill or worse yet be dumped on the ground or down the toilet. They are harmful. That is why they have those symbols with scary pictures.
So where should they go?
The only items that can be disposed of responsibly any time in the Flin Flon area are paint which is collected at Home Hardware and medications at the pharmacies.
All other items need to be kept until the Household Hazardous Waste collection, usually in September. Miller Environmental comes from Winnipeg and collects them from homeowners.
Thursday, September 18 is the day this year. The drop off spot will be at Centoba Park from 4 – 8 p.m.
Industries that make these products must provide for their proper disposal. Product Care is the organization in Manitoba. They pay for the annual collections.
They also provide information and financial support for the construction and operation of depots to collect these items all the time.
The Recycling Centre plans to work with the City of Flin Flon to make this happen.