It seemed like it took forever for spring to arrive although Facebook reminded me, we had a serious snowfall on May 3 last year. I remember another year we had to postpone a planned community cleanup for May 13 because six inches of snow fell May 11 and 12.
The arrival of spring this year doesn’t seem quite so bad after all.
The pandemic has all of us learning and living new ways. The Recycling Centre continues to operate as it is an essential service. We made some changes to increase safety for our employees.
There are other differences as well. The number of business pickups and the amount of recyclables in many pickups has dropped considerably.
Cardboard from the grocery stores was higher in March.
Recyclables continue to arrive from the curbside programs, the trailer by Canadian Tire and drop offs on at the Centre. May is often our busiest month as people bring the bags kept in the garage over the winter.
It seems staying at home increases thirst. The amount of aluminum cans and plastic beverage bottles being recycled has definitely increased.
As the snow melts the garbage it hid becomes an eyesore. Mother’s Day for Mother Earth, a Facebook group has inspired many individuals and families to clean up the mess. Our community is looking fabulous. It is unfortunate there won’t be many visitors this summer.
We recycled 4.5 tonnes less than last year by the end of April. The pandemic is responsible for some of the shortfall. The trend of the last few years of less paper and boxboard, which are heavier than plastic has affected weights as well.
Recycling continues in these unusual times.