The Devil is in the Details
I was looking for a recycling bin on two occasions recently after rescuing an aluminium can from the garbage. I knew recycling bins were available. Both times I found one a considerable distance from the garbage container.
Recycling and garbage containers need to be paired. They are best side by side or less than 10 feet away. This gives people the choice to recycle or throw away.
If they aren’t paired many recyclables end up in the garbage and a lot of garbage ends up in recycling. The waste audit of the Main Street bins last summer found a 55% contamination rate in the recycling bins.
By the way, we are working with the City to pair the Main St. bins.
Drippy, Sticky or Gooey
My foot kept slipping off the pedal when I was driving the forklift the other day. I had stepped in a small puddle of liquid laundry soap that had dripped from a bale.
We find little puddles regularly when we move bales. Usually it is laundry soap. Once it was caramel sauce.
Containers with leftover liquids leak. The baling process pops lids and/or breaks the containers. Some paper products in the bale of mixed materials are contaminated as a result and won’t be recycled.
Containers don’t need to be perfectly clean, but should be rinsed and/or drained so they are not drippy, sticky or gooey.
There really isn’t any reason not to recycle in Creighton and Flin Flon. Weekly home pick up service and no need to sort means it takes very little space.
It is amazing how little garbage will be left. Information is available at www.flinflonrecycling.org.