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Story Time at the Thompson Public Library runs Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30. Drop in for stories and a craft.
Concerts in the Park run every Friday from July 7th to September 1st from noon to 1 pm at MacLean Park. VRCC lobby in case of rain.
102.9 CHTM's Summer Sizzle is on now until August 31. Enter at any sponsor to be eligible for daily, monthly and grand prize draws.
E-Waste disposal is available every Saturday from 8 am - 4 pm at the Waste Disposal Grounds now until October 28th. No charge.
Take your grass clippings and leaves to the compost site beside the Public Works yard on Seal Road. Open 24 / 7.
Steps to Success offers Keyboarding every Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. For info or to register call 677-5016.
Norman Northstar tryouts run August 24-27 at the VRCC. For more information contact John McNevin at 677-2557.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Fund Raiser is September 16th at noon at the YWCA. For info contact Nina Cordell at 778-1209 or ywcawcoffice@mymts.net
Terry Fox Run takes place on Sunday September 17th at the VRCC. Registration is at noon, run starts at 1 pm. Registrations forms willl soon be available around Thompson or go online to terryfox.org
The Heritage North Museum will hold their Gigantic Yard Sale on Saturday, August 19th from 9 am - noon.
Learn Job Search Skills with Steps to Success from 12:10- 12:50pm Monday to Friday @ the YWCA. These drop in classes are free. For info, call 204-677-5016.
The Thompson Local News


The Thompson Recycling Centre has continued to improve over the years.   Billy Jo Thompson, manager of the centre, shares some facts and figures from last year.

“In 2016 for total, we had processed approximately 960,000 kilograms.  We’re  up this year about 20-thousand kilograms .  So that’s great.  Every year we’re just looking ot increase our numbers and that’s what we’ve been doing thanks to the community residents and the community recycling.”

Thompson says the automated sorting system has played a big part in contributing to these numbers.   Almost 19-thousand kilograms of recyclable material is shipped from Thompson weekly.   Some material actually generates money for the Recycling Centre as it’s considered a commodity.   

Thompson shares more on how those shipments are funded.

“We’re funded through the Multi-Material Stewardship of Manitoba. So they would help us with those shipping costs to cover the shipping all the way from Northern Manitoba down to Winnipeg.  Without that funding it would be very expensive.   Also, we ship on back loads.  Gardewine’s been wonderful and gives us a reduced price to ship our recycling.”  

However, while every year the amount of recyclable material diverted from the landfill increases, there is room for improvement.

“We’re always looking at bringing our contamination levels down.   Just educating the public, making them more aware of what’s recyclable and what’s not.  We experience a lot of textiles - like clothing or bedding - in our recycling.  It adds a lot to our contamination rates.   People may think they’re putting it in the recycling bin because they’re donating it, but we don’t recycle clothing or any type of textiles, so it’s all going to the landfill.”

Check the bottom of any item you think is recyclable to see if the recycle symbol is on it.  If you’re still not sure, contact the Centre at 677-7991.  Get more information about the Recycling Centre by tuning in to Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.

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