Many people think the Recycling Centre makes a profit from the materials it sells. In reality selling recyclables was 6% of the Centre’s revenue in 2013. Since October most materials are not sold. They are sorted in Winnipeg which costs $40./metric ton. This saves money as there are fewer workers.
So where does the money for recycling come from?
Flin Flon and Creighton contribute the most at 30%. In 2013, people living in Denare Beach or at the Lake voluntarily contributed $600.00 of that 30% because the Village of Denare Beach does not contribute and people living at the lake don’t pay municipal taxes.
Multi Material Stewardship of Manitoba contributes 16%. It is the Producer Responsible Organization (a PRO) required to support recycling of residential materials. In 2013 it paid $181.00/metric ton of newspapers, magazines, telephone books, glass, plastic containers, milk cartons, tetrapaks, box board, tin and aluminium that was recycled. It pays another 15% of those materials for the corrugated cardboard that comes from homes.
That is just over half of the revenue. 11% comes from the business pick up fees and the sale of red bags. This covers the cost of providing these services.
The Recycling Centre owns the building and gets 17% of its revenue from rent. It also provides the gate and yard services at the Flin Flon landfill. The surplus from the landfill provides 14%.
The remaining 6% comes from fundraising, donations and miscellaneous sources.
The Flin Flon Recycling Centre has survived for 20 years because of the extras like the tenant and the landfill. It is a non-profit service offering waste management options for our community.