Placing non-recyclable items in our Recycle Everywhere bins, the entire content of the bin is at risk of contamination, making the contents no longer viable to be recycled.
Recyclables that have been contaminated are diverted to the landfill as they can no longer be properly processed.
Effective in 2017, China announced a ban on certain specifications of recyclables and set an allowable contaminate rate of 0.5%. This has affected the global market and increased the need for people to recycle effectively in their own jurisdictions. While not all our materials are sent to China, the more diligent Manitobans can be with [...]
Leftover liquids, food and food soiled materials, disposable coffee cups, similar types of open cups and lids are the major contaminants of our Recycle Everywhere bins. Leftover liquid in beverage containers can spill and cause contamination of paper products in our bins, before it makes it to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF), sending the contents [...]
Beverage containers are almost never made up of black plastic. Black plastic is not accepted at the Material Recovery Facility that handles Winnipeg’s municipal recycling, but it’s always important to check with your community to see what is accepted in your recycling program.
Almost all plastic beverage containers are #1 and #2 plastic, which is recyclable. These are also the most valuable plastics in the plastic stream.
When included with cartons in the recycling stream, juice box straws will be handled the same way as the plastic layer included in shelf stable cartons. It is, however, recommended that the straw is pushed entirely into the juice box when being recycled so that it does not get lost in the process and become [...]
The only type of bag that should be used in our bins are see-through recycling bags. These types of bags make it easy to see that the contents of the bag are recyclable and make it safe for the collector transporting it to the recycling facility. A recycling collection bin or yard bin picked up [...]