Many are happy to see 2020 with its many challenges come to an end.
The new year will require some more patience as the vaccine roll out will take several months. Hopefully the promise of a return of more normal life, including events and travel will be realized.
Total weights of materials recycled in 2020 haven’t been finalized. Initial totals show an increase of more than 17 metric tons or tonnes over 2019.
This is surprising as weights were behind those of 2019 until the end of October.
The largest increase is corrugated cardboard. The pandemic related closures resulted in lower monthly cardboard weights in the spring. They increased in the summer. Weights in the fall were high as several stores who picked up Walmart business while it was closed recycle their cardboard locally.
More cardboard is normal for the last months of the year. This year’s weights were significantly higher than 2019. This may be the result of more online shopping.
Aluminum cans increased by 688 kgs which is significant considering they do not weigh very much. The money brought in from returning empty beer containers increased by more than $2,000.00 over 2019.
The pandemic made everyone thirsty.
The trend of lower weights for print and packaging materials (paper, boxboard, plastics) continues. It started mid-2018 and is not unique to Flin Flon. The deficit in this category shrunk slightly in December.
It would be great if households and businesses who are not recycling make it a habit this year.
Growth in the red bag curbside program in Flin Flon in 2021 would also be good news.
More information about recycling is available at www.flinflonrecycling.org or by calling (204) 687-6169.