Not enough space or time to sort is often the reason (excuse) given for not recycling.
In reality, sorting was never a requirement, although it was helpful. Now it is definitely not needed as materials are not sorted at the Recycling Centre.
Since October 2013, recyclables are removed from the bags and boxes they arrive in. Glass, beer cans/bottles and big garbage is removed. The rest is baled and sent to Winnipeg where it is sorted on a sort line for $40.00/metric ton.
The reason for this change was mainly about money. To continue sorting 12 different products as volumes increased would have required at least one more staff person and money to buy sorting equipment. Finding the money for these things was nearly impossible. The prices for most of the products was so low, it didn’t even pay for shipping.
Many other communities our size, like Thompson and The Pas were shipping ‘comingled’ materials to Winnipeg for sorting. It made financial sense.
The Centre staff was reduced by 1.5 positions. The money saved on wages pays for about 825 tonnes of sorting in Winnipeg, more than this community recycles in a year.
Corrugated cardboard doesn’t require sorting, so it is still baled separately and sold.
Several good things have resulted. The recyclables are baled and shipped quickly so they do not pile up. There is more space as it is not necessary to store enough of 12 different products to make a bale.
The financial situation is less difficult. Wages have been increased.
It is easy to recycling. It only requires one bin. If it’s on the list, recycle it.
Check the website at www.flinflonrecycling.org.
Note - household batteries (including button batteries) and shredded paper should be in separate bags and can be placed inside the big bag of recyclables.