The Environment Council has had a contract with the City of Flin Flon to provide staff at their landfill since 2004. The City makes decisions about the organization and operations of the landfill. It also provides the maintenance of the landfill space.
It is reasonable as both recycling and landfills are part of waste management. Some have suggested that it would make sense to move the Recycling Centre to the landfill. It is highly unlikely that will happen however, because of cost.
The Environment Council entered this contract to help fund the recycling program a at time when municipal support and subsidies had not increased for several years. It has grown into so much more.
The oil recovery program and metal salvage were in place in 2004. Since then the landfill has also become the place where tires are collected for recycling.
In 2017 the household hazardous waste depot opened to collected hazardous materials for safe disposal. This was the result of the Environment Council and the City working together.
In 2012 the City of Flin Flon decided to charge tipping fees to cover the cost of the levy per tonne of garbage put in place by the Province of Manitoba.
This decision increased the number of employees hired by the Environment Council and the City contract. The Environment Council also receives the payments for operating the oil, tire and hazardous waste programs and from the sale of salvage.
The landfill contract has less financial importance to the Environment Council recycling operations today with better municipal support and recycling subsidies, but it is still an important part of the Council’s work.