I was reminded that it has been a year since we changed the schedule for the red bag curbside pickup of recyclables in Flin Flon from every other Wednesday to every Wednesday.
The goal of providing pickup service to homes is to encourage more recycling by making it convenient.
It achieved this goal when the service was offered from 2005 to 2007. Residents were asked to pay $30.00 per year. More than 100 people paid. Many more using the service did not pay. The record for metric tons (MT) recycled in a year was 500 MT in 2007.
That curbside program ended in 2007 because the annual fee did not cover the cost.
The current red bag curbside service began in 2010. Residents paid for the service by purchasing a red bag to put their recyclables in. Centre staff picked up the red bags on the designated Wednesday. Two more boxes or bags and large cardboard were also picked up.
People using the service told us it was great. They also told us the every other week pick up schedule was confusing or they had too much if they missed a week. So we began weekly pickups.
Usage increased slightly but I had expected more. The cost is a barrier to some. The other reasons I hear are ‘I forget to put it out’ or ‘we just drop it off whenever we have enough’.
I’ve concluded that each home has a system that works for them. People using curbside pickups want that convenience. Others like to drop it off when it is convenient for them.
People are recycling. That is the important thing.
For more information, visit www.flinflonrecycling.org or phone 204 687 6169.