According to Google, a workplace is ‘a where people work such as an office or a factory’. It seems very simple and straight forward.
At second glance, there is more to it. The work being done may be simple, repetitive with very little contact with the public, complicated with a variety of goals or designed to provide a public service.
Google’s other options for the word ‘workplace’ including culture, learning, diversity, and violence, bullying, safety provide a hint of its complexities.
The Flin Flon & District Environment Council, Inc. operates two workplaces: the Recycling Centre and the Flin Flon landfill. There are 10 employees.
The work is not real complicated but there are many important details in each workplace.
The Environment Council strives to provide a well-organized and supportive workplace. There is a great team of employees working hard to get the jobs done.
Dave Didyk began working at the Recycling Centre in August 2008. He moved to the weekend position at the landfill in October. In January 2010 he took the full time position.
At the time he was working alone keeping warm in the winter in the small cement shack warmed by a wood stove burning scraps from the landfill.
The only thing recycled was the used motor oil.
A lot has changed. Tipping fees began in 2012 which added another employee and a warm trailer.
The landfill has been reorganized. Fridges are set aside for removal of refrigerant. Tires must be stored in rows until they are recycled. Dave finds workers to load them for shipping.
A hazardous waste depot was added last year.
Dave’s knowledge and hard work are an important part of making the landfill work.