It has been an amazing journey being part of community recycling from the beginning.
It started with a 4-day paper collection in November, 1992 at the Market Garden.
The Environment Committee purchased a used semi-trailer in April 1993 that was parked at the same location. Paper was stored there until December 1994 when recycling moved indoors at 7 Timber Lane and other materials were added to the program.
The Environment Council bought the building at 6 Timber Lane in 2006. A baler and other equipment were purchased with a grant from the City of Flin Flon.
In 2004 the program moved across the street to its current location. More space and a loading dock significantly improved the programs operations.
There have been several heroes in this journey.
Bob Fortier offered to help one day in 1993 at the Market Garden. He volunteered almost every day for the next 15 years. His expertise with machinery, storing and shipping materials was invaluable. His gardens brought beauty to Timber Lane.
Graham Craig was the mayor when the City of Flin Flon decided to support recycling. The purchase of a baler and vehicle in 1996 with money from the City meant community recycling would continue to grow. Graham and his wife Grace also volunteered many hours sorting the recyclables for shipment.
Greg East worked to make recycling happen from the beginning. His knowledge of real estate led to the purchase of both buildings. His fundraising skills raised money to purchase the trailer at the Market Garden and to retire the mortgage at 9 Timber Lane in eight years. He and his wife Jan hosted many excellent musical fundraisers.
There are more hero stories for next week.