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 collect and reprocess it into new metal. It is sold to manufacturers at current market value based on world metal prices.
There are metal piles at the Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach landfills. Placing metal items in the metal pile instead of household garbage means it will be recycled instead of being buried for centuries.
Car batteries are another item recycled from 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.
Landfills 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, household hazardous waste and appliances with refrigerant are recycled from the Flin Flon Landfill only. There is a $25.00 charge to remove refrigerants.
Tires are shipped to Reliable Tire in Winnipeg. They make a variety of products including sidewalk blocks, hockey rink mats, blasting mats and a very durable paving material.
There are no tipping fees for recycled items unless you are a non-resident at the Saskatchewan landfills.
Many items in landfills are very usable. Instead of throwing them away, 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.