Last year’s column ‘Spring 2020’ described changes the pandemic had brought to recycling operations in the previous two months. This year the pandemic is part of the context of everything with hope that will change in the next few months.
The Recycling Centre is very busy. Fifty tonnes were processed in both March and April. Only one month was over 50 tonnes in all of 2020.
This year’s total tonnage is ahead of 2020 by more than 25 tonnes.
Half of it is office paper which includes the shredded paper coming from HB and other places.
Cardboard is also increasing. Some of it could be more boxes because of online shopping, but it seems that more businesses are recycling their cardboard.
The really good news is amount of print and packaging materials sent to Winnipeg for sorting is almost three tonnes ahead of last year. This tonnage had been steadily decreasing since March 2018, probably because of fewer newspapers in the mix.
Judging from the rate recyclables are being dropped off at the trailer and the Centre and this increase in weight, it seems more households are recycling.
The total in this category is still 9 tonnes behind March 2018 but is moving in the right direction.
Beverage containers have increased noticeably in the past year.
The big news this month is the sale price for the red bags used for curbside pickup in Flin Flon. The price is $2.75 instead of $3.50. If there are 20 new users, this could be the regular price of the Wednesday morning service. New users should call the Centre to ensure they are on the route.
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