The recyclables from the Main Street and park bins were emptied last week.
These public bins are great. They collect recyclables and they advertise that our community recycles.
These free bins are supported by the enviro levy on beverage containers.
It is important to have the option of garbage or recycling with bins in public spaces.
The dual bins on Main St. have reduced the amount of garbage in the recycling bins significantly although they can still be very messy to process.
The bins in the parks often are very gross. There is no other word to adequately describe them.
Unlike some communities who throw out the public spaces recycling because it is so awful, I believe people have put recyclables in the bins believing they will be recycled. We must honour the trust they have placed in us.
The Recycling Centre staff can deal with them but I often feel sorry for them and process them myself. As a ‘farm girl’ my tolerance of smelly things is well developed.
The main causes of the smell and ‘grossness’ are bags people use to clean up after their dogs, diapers and old food mixed in with all the good recyclables. Liquids leaking from beverage containers add to the mess.
Most cardboard or paper items end up in the garbage because they are too wet unless they are in a plastic bag that protects them.
The City of Flin Flon has placed garbage containers beside the recycling bins that were standing alone. Hopefully this will decrease the amount of mess.
The Environment Council has ordered two dual bins like those on Main Street for the Bellevue and North Avenue overlooks.