The Flin Flon Recycling Centre is actually a MRF which means a Materials Recovery Facility. Materials are not recycled here. They are collected (recovered), baled up and sent other places for recycling.
The facility in Winnipeg is a larger MRF. It receives materials, sorts them as needed, bales and ships recyclables to factories that make them in to new materials.
This facility has a mechanized sort line. A front end loader places materials into a large hopper. A conveyor takes them up to a working platform about ten feet above the floor. Each employee removes a specific kind of paper or plastic, throwing it into a chute to a bin below.
Metals are removed mechanically. A large magnet above the conveyor attracts the tin (steel) cans onto a moving belt which drops them into a bin. Two large magnets placed with the same poles together create a resistance force which ‘blows’ the aluminium cans into another bin.
These machines have a big price tag and require a lot of space. It is more economical for Flin Flon to pay the MRF in Winnipeg to sort.
Flin Flon’s MRF has a down stroke baler. An employee loads materials in by hand and presses a button to compress them when the machine fills up.
Thompson has a sort line. Valuable materials like milk jugs, mixed plastics, aluminium and tin are separated. Paper products except cardboard are shipped comingled. A large baler is fed by a conveyor that forms bales automatically.
The Pas has two down stroke balers. The one used for cardboard only is loaded by hand. The other is conveyor fed.
Information about materials recovered in Flin Flon is available at www.flinflonrecycling.org.