The Recycling Centre has been involved in collecting hazardous materials for proper disposal for the last several years.
This is an important service. The percentage of waste that is hazardous is small but they cause serious environmental damage so they need to be disposed of in contained way.
Household hazardous products are easily identified by the danger symbols for explosive, flammable, poisonous or corrosive on their labels.
The Recycling Centre began accepting paint and compact fluorescent bulbs in March 2016. In July 2017 a full time collection depot for household hazardous waste (HHW) opened for all the communities at the Flin Flon landfill. This is more convenient than the previous collection one afternoon every September.
It is for household materials only. Items from businesses are not accepted.
Staff have been trained to carefully sort and store everything correctly.
Paint and jerry cans of gasoline go in large black boxes the size of a pallet designed for easy moving and shipping.
Aerosol cans, fuel cylinders, poisonous and flammable materials, and fire extinguishers go in large metal barrels.
Corrosive materials are sorted into 5 different large plastic barrels. Extra care must be taken with these items as mixing the wrong ones can have serious, even fatal consequences.
Vermiculite is placed in the bottom of barrels containing liquid items and covered with it as the barrels are filled. Vermiculite is also used in tubskids filled with jerry cans of gasoline.
Shipping hazardous materials requires correct labeling and a lot of paper work. Miller Environmental, the company who receives the material, provides forms with the required information. We complete our part and ship with Gardewine.
Materials are shipped two to three times a year.