The Recycling Centre is the place that usually comes to mind when thinking about recycling in our community. However, landfills are also recycling places.
Metal recycling is a decades old practice. Scrap metal companies pick it up and reprocess it into new metal. It is sold to manufacturers at current market value based on world metal prices at the time of sale.
There are metal piles at the Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach landfills. Placing metal items in the metal pile instead of household garbage ensures it will be recycled instead of being buried for centuries.
Car batteries are also recycled from local landfills. They contain valuable materials which are sold for more than the cost of recycling. The Flin Flon Lions Club collects the batteries from the Flin Flon landfill as a fundraiser.
Local landfills also collect used motor oil, filters, automotive antifreeze and containers from households for recycling. The motor oil is used as fuel in environmentally safe burners at Tolko in The Pas. Antifreeze and containers are recycled.
All used tires are recycled from the Flin Flon Landfill only. Rims must be removed.
Tires are shipped to Reliable Tire in Winnipeg. They make a variety of products including sidewalk blocks, hockey rink mats, blasting mats and a paving material that is very durable especially for cold weather.
Tipping fees are not charged for recyclable items.
Many items in landfills are very usable. Instead of taking them to the landfill, have a garage sale, take them to second hand stores or a local charity that can use them, or give them away.
Everything we have comes from the earth.
Reduce, reuse and recycle.