The City of Flin Flon purchased the recycling trailer parked in the empty lot by Canadian Tire in 2014 to provide more convenience for Flin Flon recyclers.
The City gave care and control of the trailer to the Recycling Centre. We are responsible for emptying it, maintaining it, providing snow removal and cleanup of the surrounding area.
It is well used. It is emptied Mondays and Fridays usually at the Recycling Centre. A truck load is removed once during the week or more as needed.
All recyclables in the trailer are supposed to be in closed bags or boxes. Unfortunately, much of the is in open boxes or just dumped in the trailer. Also, people enter the trailer and rip bags open. We assume they are looking for beer cans.
Loose materials increase the amount of time it takes to empty the trailer significantly and cause a litter problem.
Maintaining the trailer takes 6 – 8 hours a week of employee time. There will be a few extra hours in the spring when the snow melts.
Litter is also a result of loose materials left on the ground when the trailer is full. Recyclables should be dropped off at the Recycling Centre when this happens.
‘Free’ curbside pickup is another way to provide convenience for recyclers. There would be more costs for employee time and vehicle expenses, and less for trailer maintenance.
Curbside pickup usually increases recycling rates. Tonnage went up 17 tonnes the first year Creighton provided curbside pickup (12 kg/person) and 7 tonnes when Denare Beach began the service (8.5kg/person).
This means less goes to landfill, reducing costs and increasing its life.
It is not an easy decision.