As I write on Monday morning, Blueberry Jam 2019 is in the history books except for counting beer cans and baling the aluminum and other recyclables from the site.
Once again I was very encouraged that very few recyclables, especially aluminum cans were in the garbage. Almost every garbage bin had a recycling bin beside it which makes a difference.
It is important to have the option of garbage or recycling for the public. The dual bins on Main St. have reduced the amount of garbage in the recycling bins significantly although they still are very messy to process.
These bins also advertise that recycling is an important part of our community.
The bins in the parks are a different story.
I went through the bags the last time we emptied the park bins. They were so gross (there is no other word to adequately describe them) that our staff was giving priority to processing other bags of recyclables. It is a good thing I am a ‘farm girl’ who can deal with smelly things.
The main culprits for the smell and ‘grossness’ were bags people use to clean up after their dogs, diapers and old food mixed in with all the recyclables. Liquids leaking from beverage containers added to the mess.
Unlike other communities who often 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.
Several park bins do not have garbage containers anywhere close by, something we will work with the City of Flin Flon to change.