Work at the Recycling Centre is very repetitive.
Recyclables come in and are organized into the categories of cardboard, office paper, aluminum cans, beer cans, glass, books, batteries, bulbs, books, paint, electronics or garbage.
They are baled, boxed, packed on a pallet, piled for crushing or thrown in the dumpster and moved out.
This is repeated many times every week, month and year.
Days are never quite the same, however.
Lots of recyclables may be dropped off on the dock or just a few in a day. There may be only three bales to tie off and stack or many more. The list of pickups from businesses may be short or long. It can grow with a phone call.
Some days require a trip to the landfill to empty bins at the glass pile. Large garbage items, metal and hazardous products from the Centre are also loaded on the truck.
Recyclables are brought from Denare Beach and Creighton two or three days a week. The trailer by Canadian Tire may be emptied twice a week or every day.
Beer bottles and cans are returned for deposit every week or two.
A semi-trailer of cardboard, office paper, aluminum and commingled materials is loaded every two weeks. Boxes of books or a pallet of printer cartridges may be added to the load.
Electronics are shipped twice a year. Tubskids of paint and boxes of fluorescent bulbs or batteries are picked up for shipping as needed.
Staff set aside requested items like egg cartons for the foodbank or magazines for a teacher.
There are decisions about what to do with wish-cycling items.
No two days are the same for the great team doing the work.