The two weeks following Christmas are the busiest time at the Recycling Centre. Closing for one day is all we can manage before there is too much on the dock to be safe or responsible.
I am thankful for a great team who are flexible with work hours so a couple of people could work the Mondays this year.
I am thankful that our community is embracing recycling. I haven’t had time to add up the numbers for the final tonnage but I know the recyclables we bale for sorting in Winnipeg is up more than ten metric tonnes or tonnes. This is mostly recyclables from homes.
Cardboard tonnage is down. This may be because fewer things in boxes were sold. It also indicates that more businesses need to recycle.
As I work with my team prepping recyclables for shipping, I am aware of a few messages we need to get out.
We need to advertise every year that wrapping paper is not recyclable.
The only kitchen appliance recycled through the electronics program is microwaves. We cannot recycle coffee makers, crock pots, blenders, sewing machines, vacuum cleaners or any other small appliance.
It is very helpful when Styrofoam and other foamy or plastic packing are removed from cardboard boxes.
We do not recycle window glass, ornaments, dishes etc. Only glass bottles and jars are recycled. Their lids should be removed before they are dropped off.
It is great when recyclables are in a closed bag or box. We can handle it quicker and it doesn’t make a mess. The blue bins at the Centre are for loose materials.
Telephone calls asking for information are great.
Happy New Year to everyone.