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How does my local recycling system work?

Recycling systems vary from community to community and site location depending on how each has decided to operate or contract out its recycling program. Collection can occur either at the curbside in municipalities that support that type of service or at a local depot where residents can drop off their recyclables. Once they are collected, recyclables are sent to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) where they are sorted and baled for further processing into new products.

Why does one community recycle certain items while another community does not?

A number of factors determine whether a community will recycle certain materials. These include the distance material has to travel to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF), the amount and type of recyclable materials available for collection, local economic factors and the strength of the recycled material markets.

What are my recycled beverage containers turned into?

Each material type is used differently:

  • Glass is usually crushed and used locally for building roads.
  • Plastics are made into new products such as drainage pipes, oil bottles, benches, pens, picnic tables, fencing, clothing (e.g., t-shirts, fleece jackets) and carpeting.
  • Aluminum cans are used to make new cans or are incorporated into products such as engine blocks, building facades or bicycles.
  • Cartons and juiceboxes are turned into cardboard boxes and tissue paper

Click here to learn more about the types of items made from recyclable materials.

What is Recycle Everywhere?

Recycle Everywhere is the first program implemented and operated by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA). The CBCRA is a not-for-profit, industry-funded organization made up of beverage brand owners and distributors. Together, they’re bringing recycling rates to new heights in Manitoba. CBCRA is committed to reaching the government-mandated target of recovering 75 per cent of beverage containers sold in Manitoba.

CBCRA provides funding to Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) to cover the cost of recovering beverage containers in the residential stream. Additionally, CBCRA invests in pilot projects, waste audits and extensive promotion and education to increase the amount of beverage containers recovered in the residential and public space streams.

The Recycle Everywhere program is identified by a logo featuring a blue bird icon and the phrase RECYCLE EVERYWHERE. By providing convenient recycling bins throughout Manitoba, the program is helping the CBCRA achieve their recovery target. Recycle Everywhere also runs a widespread advertising campaign to promote beverage container recycling both at home and away from home.

Does Recycle Everywhere partner with other recycling organizations?

Recycle Everywhere is a partner of Recycle Manitoba – a group of steward organizations that help consumers find a place to drop off unwanted materials. If you’re looking for safe way to get rid of other recyclables, e.g. old electronics, solvents, batteries, tires and all kinds of other items, visit RecycleManitoba.ca.

Do you attend events?

Our street team and mascot travel to a wide variety of events across Manitoba, including rodeos, music festivals, community fairs, expos and sporting events. If you’d like them to attend your event, fill out our Request Form.

Why do you focus on beverage containers?

Beverage containers are the only product group in Manitoba that has a recycling rate target set by the provincial government. Consequently, the beverage industry established CBCRA to achieve this goal. Recycling other products and materials is important, but CBCRA is dedicated to the recovery and recycling of beverage containers. This singular focus is part of its strength.

Is this program a government initiative?

CBCRA and its program, Recycle Everywhere, is not a government program. When the Government of Manitoba enacted the Packaging and Printed Paper Regulation in December 2008, it also established a recovery target for beverage containers. This target requires obligated beverage producers to recover 75 per cent of all beverage containers sold in Manitoba. Beverage companies voluntarily embraced this initiative and formed CBCRA.

How are the municipal recycling systems funded?

Multi Material Manitoba Stewardship (MMSM) is responsible for municipal printed paper and packaging recycling. To learn more, visit: http://www.stewardshipmanitoba.org/.  CBCRA funds MMSM for up to 80% of the cost of collecting and processing used beverage containers from the residential sector.

Why don’t we use a deposit system?

In 2008, the Manitoba Government embraced the concept of a comprehensive recycling system that would include a broad range of material – not only beverage containers. This ensured that the recycling system would be convenient for everyone and it also made it much more efficient for the operators of the Blue Box system. Beverage containers, especially PET and aluminum, add great value to the basket of materials in the Blue Box. Additionally, a deposit system is much more costly for consumers and creates a lot more greenhouse gases as people typically need to drive to return their containers. The CBCRA system combines the convenience of a multi-material system with the performance of a deposit system at a much lower overall cost to consumers. This system is  making Manitoba a leader in recycling across the country.

What is the Container Recycling Fee (CRF)?

The Container Recycling Fee (CRF) is a fee charged to producers for each beverage container they sell in Manitoba. A portion of this fee pays for beverage containers collected within municipal systems; the rest funds CBCRA’s away-from-home programs. We are aware that most, if not all, of the participating beverage producers are passing this fee on to retailers who are in turn passing it on to consumers.

Can we buy Recycle Everywhere bins?

Recycle Everywhere bins are available free of charge to communities for use in their public spaces. We also provide them for schools, institutions, shopping centres, commercial establishments, public buildings, etc. If you are interested in having Recycle Everywhere bins at your location, fill out a Request Form.

How can I get bins for an event?

If you are interested in getting Recycle Everywhere bins for your event, fill out a Request Form. There is no charge for the bins – we provide them to eligible venues at our own expense.

Do your promotional materials contain recycled content?

There are two major factors that we consider when developing promotional material: recycled content and local availability. We always strive to find products with the greatest amount of recycled content, and to source our promotional materials from local suppliers.

Video Library

Video Library

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Recycle Everywhere 101

Recycle Everywhere 101

Get your school excited about recycling empty beverage containers.

Recycling in the workplace

Recycling in the workplace

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recycling in the workplace.

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Events Calendar

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