I love the phone calls when someone wants information about the correct place to take something they need to get rid of.
- paint, cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, and old gasoline which are hazardous waste,
- old fridges, water coolers, air conditioners which go to the compound at the Flin Flon Landfill,
- plastic bags, Styrofoam, wrapping paper which are garbage,
- plastic or glass containers, books, cardboard which we recycle.
People are becoming aware they need to get rid of things in a responsible way that will not damage the environment for people, animals and plants.
I do not like mornings when we find things at the Recycling Centre that we do not recycle.
The other day it was a refrigerator.
Other items include small appliances, exercise equipment, window blinds, toys, video tapes, yard waste, clothing, used vegetable oil, furniture and even animal parts in hunting season.
We regularly find things like pallets, and furniture in our dumpsters which the garbage truck can’t take.
A small green disposable propane canister was pulled from a dumpster. This is very serious as it can explode in the garbage truck.
We have to spend time and resources taking care of these items.
What can you do with these items?
Hazardous items should be taken to the Hazardous Waste collection in Centoba Park on September 17.
Reusable items can be taken to second hand stores. Building materials can go to the Re-Store by the Armouries.
If it cannot be reused and is not hazardous, it goes to the landfill not the Recycling Centre or the bush.
If you aren’t sure where something goes, call us at 204-687-6169 or check the web at www.flinflonrecycling.org.