It has been a year since I began working full time at the Recycling Centre. Doreen Murray who managed the Centre for 11 years showed me the ropes for a few weeks. I was on my own by the end of October.
More than just management changed last October. We began shipping materials comingled to Winnipeg for sorting. This has had a much bigger impact on operations than the change in management.
I will admit both Doreen and I were not very excited about this change. Our concern was sending jobs out of our community. We currently have four full time positions and one part time where previously there were six.
There have been many benefits. It is much better financially, which was the reason the Board of Directors made the decision. We have been able to improve the gap between minimum wage and our wages. It is also easier to pay our bills.
We were able to operate this year without increasing the grants from Flin Flon and Creighton.
There is more space as we only need to store enough for a bale of 4 different kinds of materials instead of 12. Materials are bagged and baled up much quicker.
Staff morale is higher as they are regularly caught up with bagging the materials for baling. Previously it was very rare to see the floor in the area where materials are piled when brought into the building.
The great places for mice are mostly gone, so they are too.
It is great to be working every day with Recycling after 20 years as a volunteer and Board member. Thanks to everyone who recycles. We wouldn’t exist without you.