The fact that our recycling program depends on the use of plastic bags is an inconsistency in our focus on being environmentally friendly that I struggle with. Here are three thoughts about them.
First, there are a couple of options that significantly reduce the use of plastic bags.
Loose materials collected in reusable containers in homes can be placed in the blue cart bins at the Recycling Centre. This is the only place for loose materials.
Recyclables can be placed in closed cardboard boxes and dropped off at the Centre or the trailer by Canadian Tire. The boxes will be recycled. Closed boxes will also be picked up by curbside services.
Second, plastic bags that are tied shut are necessary when the blue cart bins at the Centre or closed boxes are not used. This reduces the mess at the recycling trailer and the Centre. They make it quicker and easier for staff move and process the recyclables.
It is best to use bags you can see through to ensure the contents are recyclables and not garbage.
Third, I wish more people in Flin Flon would use the red bag curbside pickup service.
This would reduce the mess at the trailer by Canadian Tire and the amount of time our staff needs to empty it.
Anyone who decides to use this service on Wednesday mornings should call the Recycling Centre so we can adjust the route if necessary.
The cost is only $3.50 for one red bag. Two more bags or closed boxes of recyclables and any flattened cardboard boxes will be picked up as well. (Note: The price of red bags was reduced to $2.75 beginning May 1, 2021)
Bags are available at Eddies, Coop, Gas Bar, Super K, Pharmasave and the Recycling Centre.