The beginning of a new year is a time to review the accomplishments and challenges of the last 12 months for the recycling program.
Success is usually measured by how many metric tons (tonnes) of recyclables were processed. A total of 442 tonnes was collected in 2016. This is 18 tonnes less than 2015 which doesn’t look very good.
It depends on how you look at it.
It is the fifth highest total in 24 years of recycling in this community
The amount of comingled materials which come mostly from homes is up by 11 tonnes. This is good news.
Twenty-two tonnes of electronics and 354 kilograms of batteries were recycled.
Several things were accomplished in 2016.
Dual recycling/garbage bins were installed on Main St. They idea began in the summer 2014. It became a joint project with the City of Flin Flon and the Flin Flon Neighbourhood Revitalization Corporation and Recycle Everywhere. Flin Flon Credit Union and Reliance Services each contributed one. Installation problems delayed things but this spring everyone worked together to get it done.
These bins make the statement that this community recycles.
Denare Beach and Lake residents voted to contribute money to the recycling program in 2017. The first curbside pickup in Denare Beach was December 27. A recycling trailer will be placed at the Paradise Landfill this summer.
The Recycling Centre began collecting paint, fluorescent bulbs and thermostats for proper disposal.
The one day collection of hazardous waste at Centoba Park didn’t happen this year because a year round depot for hazardous waste will be installed at the Flin Flon landfill next spring.
2017 will be another good year.