At this point in the year, it is easy to see some definite changes in recycling in our community.
First, the good news. The amount of co-mingled materials processed is up from the end of July last year. These are the recyclables sent to Winnipeg for sorting.
Last year 67,637 kg of co-mingled materials had been processed. This year we have processed 73,597 kg, an increase of 5,960 kg or almost six metric tons (MT).
These materials reflect what is happening in people’s homes. It means more people are recycling.
Office paper recycling is also up by just over two MT.
Now for the bad news. Overall recycling has fallen by just over 10 metric tons.
Glass and newspaper have dropped a little more than 2 MT. The biggest drop is in corrugated cardboard, the boxes that everything comes to town in. It is down by 9,263 kg, or just over 9 MT.
This seems to reflect a slowdown our community. Regular business customers who call when they need a pick up are calling less often. Much of the cardboard is dropped off on the dock after hours, so it is hard to monitor, but the lower weight overall tells the story.
It is highly unlikely we will reach the goal of 500 metric tons this year. We processed 460 in 2015.
One load of electronics weighing just over 10 MT was shipped in June. This is the same as last year.
Battery recycling is up slightly from last year.
Recycling stats are posted monthly on our website.
In other news, lids must be removed from glass jars and bottles as it is crushed locally and used for industrial purposes.