We have tried several new things in the last few months with mixed results.
The first was reducing the price for of the red bags needed for curbside pickup service in Flin Flon from $3.50 to $2.75. The sale price is held over until June 15 to encourage more to participate.
Curbside is better in several ways. We can predict when the recyclables come in. It reduces the number of unwanted items, the time needed to empty the trailer and the mess created there.
For example, three people spent an hour cleaning out the trailer and the driver spent another hour picking it up and taking it back and parking it when it was brought to the Centre for a thorough cleaning this week.
This had been done two weeks ago. A truckload or two of bags and cardboard had been removed almost every day since then.
Besides the closed bags and boxes, there was 15 large bags (40”x65”) of loose recyclables along with a weed eater, vacuum cleaner, window blind, light fixtures, two garden hoses, part of a car bumper, a broom and two bags of garbage.
We have tried placing a new information sign on the trailer to help prevent the mess.
We tried providing a lot of information about recycling to homes with a flier delivered by Canada Post at the end of March. There have been many positive comments. Quite a few have been returned in recycling bags.
We encourage reusing things by saving containers, egg cartons, magazines, coffee containers, jars and other items for that people ask for.
Reusing is more important than recycling. It is another way we try to make a difference.