Each material type is used differently:
- Glass in Manitoba is usually crushed and used locally for building roads. It is also sometimes used as fill in water and sewer trenches.
- Plastics are made into new products such as new beverage containers, drainage pipes, oil bottles, benches, pens, picnic tables, fencing, clothing (e.g., t-shirts, fleece jackets) and carpeting, to name just a few of the items.
- Aluminum cans are used to make new cans, or are incorporated into products such as engine blocks, building facades or bicycles.
- Cartons and juice boxes are turned into cardboard boxes and tissue paper.