One of the main reasons’ communities have household recycling programs is to reduce the amount of garbage going to landfills.
Landfills have become more than a place to dump things we no longer want. The more accurate name is waste disposal grounds. There are areas set up to take specific kinds of waste so that amount of space needed for garbage is greatly reduced.
Local landfills do not have the capacity to separate shingles, old cement and Gyproc like larger places but ten different things are recycled from them.
Hazardous waste including paint, flammable, poisonous and corrosive materials are collected at the Household Hazardous waste depot at the Flin Flon landfill.
Used motor oil and antifreeze are hazardous waste as well that are collected separately at both the Flin Flon and Creighton landfills. The containers and oil filters are also recycled.
Used tires from both provinces are collected for recycling at the Flin Flon landfill only.
Automotive batteries are recycled at local landfills.
Metal is very recyclable and has value so metal items are collected separately. They are sold to a salvage company.
Propane tanks are collected and recycled.
Items containing refrigerant are collected in the compound at the Flin Flon landfill. The refrigerant, which is a harmful substance is removed before the item is recycled as metal. There is a $25.00 charge for this service which can be paid at the landfill or at Flin Flon City Hall.
Electronics are set aside at landfills and recycled through the Recycling Centre program.
Cardboard is collected in a trailer at the Flin Flon and Denare Beach landfills.
It is no longer just the dump.