The Flin Flon Recycling Center continues to collect used dry cell batteries which are sent to Call 2 Recycle Canada for recycling. Call 2 Recycle reports a record 3.3 million kilograms or 7.3 million pounds of single use and rechargeable batteries were recycled across North America by the mid year mark, an increase of 20 percent over the same period last year. Flin Flon Recycling Center Administrator Deb Odegaard says battery recycling is going well here. She says this year they’ve recycled about 163 kilograms or 359 pounds of batteries from their site up a little from last year which was 159 and 350 so it’s good to seen the increase and they definitely encourage people to continue to send their batteries to them in a separate bag or box so they can find them easily.
In Canada collections rose 24 percent resulting in 1.4 million kilograms or 3.2 million pounds while Manitoba saw a significant increase with collections up 52 percent from last year.