The 2020 holiday season will be different.
This is usually a very busy time at the Recycling Centre as holiday activities create lots of waste. It will be interesting to see how the pandemic changes things.
Here is the annual reminder of what kinds of Christmas waste can and can’t be recycled.
The usual things are recyclable: beverage containers, cardboard, boxboard, all plastic containers with the recycling symbol except #3 and #6 (PS), Christmas cards, tin cans, batteries, newspapers and fliers, catalogues, magazines and office paper.
Food and drink containers should not be drippy, sticky or gooey.
Things that belong in the garbage are: gift wrap, ribbons, envelopes with foil or plastic liners, containers made of both cardboard and metal, all Styrofoam, plastic bags and wrap, plastic packaging with no number, disposable plates, utensils and coffee cups.
Check plastic cups as many are #1(PETE) or #5(PP) which can be recycled.
Christmas decorations including Christmas lights are not recyclable. (Update - We are collecting Christmas lights for recycling)
Check the website www.flinflonrecycling.org or call 204 687 6169 for more information.
Reduce waste by using/reusing gift bags and washing dishes instead of using disposable ones.
Take any reusable items that were replaced with something new to a second-hand store, or sell them or give them away.
Old electronics such as computers and parts, sound systems, televisions, gaming systems, telephones and microwaves can be recycled. Check the list at www.recycleMYelectronics.ca.
A donation to a charity in honour of someone makes our community / world a better place without creating waste.
This season as always, remember that everything we have comes from the earth. In this season of kindness and good cheer, remember to also be kind to Mother Earth.