December is a time when we look back at the year that is ending.
Several things changed in the programs managed by the Flin Flon & District Environment Council, Inc.
Two things that started in 2016 were completed.
Denare Beach began curbside recycling pickup after the community voted in favour of the service in October municipal election.
The Household Hazardous Waste depot opened at the Flin Flon landfill. We worked closely with the City for about a year to make this happen. Two sea containers were modified and installed to collect the materials for shipping. It opened in September.
Earth Day which is April 22 each year was on a Saturday. The Recycling Centre held an open house which several people took advantage of. We also had two school classes, the Girl Guides and the Summer in the Parks children tour the Centre.
In May we organized the ‘Company’s Coming’ cleanup campaign.
We were busy during homecoming collecting beverage containers.
We began regular radio advertising to promote the red bag curbside program in Flin Flon.
The website www.flinflonrecycling.org was updated.
In November we celebrated twenty-five years of recycling in our community with cake at the Chamber of Commerce regular meeting November 14.
The biggest change will continue into 2018. We have purchased a second baler to increase efficiency. After three days this past week, it is in place in the Centre. It needs electricity and some set up which will happen next year.
The only bad news is the price of corrugated cardboard and office paper fell in October since China has decided not to take recyclables.
Tonnage is ahead of last year by twenty-three tonnes.
It has been a good year.