Recyclables from Flin Flon and lake residents are dropped off at the Recycling Centre at 9 Timber Lane or in the trailer beside Canadian Tire. The exception is those collected Wednesday morning by the red bag curbside service.
This is convenient as recyclables can be dropped off at any time.
Most are in closed bags or boxes but many items are left loose or in open boxes.
Two problems arise if recyclables are left loose at either location.
Recyclables get wet if the dock is full when it rains and/or if the wind is from the east. They also get wet in the trailer if they are along the outside walls. Soggy paper items end up in the garbage.
Wind often blows loose materials at the Centre off the dock creating a litter problem for the whole area.
Loose materials in the trailer means it takes a lot more time to empty it and increases the amount of cleanup needed afterward.
Closed bags or boxes prevent this from happening.
Loose materials can be left at the Centre in the six large blue bins on wheels beside the blue semi-trailer attached to the building.
Many people empty their reusable recycling containers into these bins. This reduces the need for plastic bags. The bags in these bins are reused many times.
The third problem arises when recyclables contain food and when food garbage is included with recyclables in a bag or loose on the dock.
There are very smart resident ravens who will find these things and leave a mess behind.
These problems are solved when all items dropped off are recyclable, not drippy, sticky or gooey and in closed bags or boxes.