There is always lots of recycling after the Christmas holiday. But this year is breaking all records.
Check out the picture on the Flin Flon Recycling group page on Facebook. Hopefully it is much smaller as you are reading this.
We parked the new trailer destined for the landfill beside Canadian Tire as we have not had time or space to empty the other one. A dozen bales of cardboard from the Coop are sitting outside.
There have been some unusual circumstances. The new baler installation slowed us down for most of three days the week before Christmas. The flu took out one employee for 4 days and another for two the first week of January.
Last week one of our employees passed away so we are not functioning as well as usual. One staff member needed the week away.
The mountain is more than the result of these factors. We are a victim of our own success. The number of people and businesses recycling has increased.
Hopefully the new baler will be up and running next week, although we have to find the conveyor under all the materials waiting to be baled.
I have spent a lot of time these days past bagging materials for baling. There are many bags that require very little attention. All the materials inside are recyclable and not drippy, sticky or gooey.
I am also learning what information people need.
We cannot recycle gift wrap, plastic bags, food bags, or coffee cups. Portable garage tarps, fans, vacuum cleaners, Styrofoam, children's toys, clothing and chairs go to the landfill.
We appreciate your patience as we work hard to catch up.
This is a good problem to have.