Life Beyond the Landfill

When you recycle your empty beverage containers, they start on a transformative journey that allows more non-renewable resources to stay in the ground, and keeps our province green and clean. Find out the importance of giving your beverage containers a life beyond the landfill.

Life Beyond the Landfill

When you recycle your empty beverage containers, they start on a transformative journey that allows more non-renewable resources to stay in the ground, and keeps our province green and clean. Find out the importance of giving your beverage containers a life beyond the landfill.

Aluminum Cans

Aluminum can be melted down and made into new products over and over again. In fact, nearly 75 % of all the aluminum produced since 1888 is still in use today and the process uses 95 % less energy than using virgin ore. 

It takes just 60 days to melt a can down, turn it into a new one, fill it with a beverage and place it back on store shelves. In addition to becoming new cans, recycled aluminum is also used to make airplane parts, building facades and bicycles.

A diagram depicting the process of recycling plastic beverage containers

Aluminum Cans

Aluminum can be melted down and made into new products over and over again. In fact, nearly 75 % of all the aluminum produced since 1888 is still in use today and the process uses 95 % less energy than using virgin ore. 

It takes just 60 days to melt a can down, turn it into a new one, fill it with a beverage and place it back on store shelves. In addition to becoming new cans, recycled aluminum is also used to make airplane parts, building facades and bicycles.

A diagram depicting the process of recycling plastic beverage containers
A diagram depicting the process of recycling glass beverage containers

Plastic Bottles

There are two types of plastic beverage containers: thinner soda and water containers called PET bottles and thicker juice containers called HDPE bottles. 

Because both types are made from petroleum—a nonrenewable resource—when you recycle them, you’re helping to save 3.8 barrels of oil for every tonne that’s recycled.

Plastic Bottles

There are two types of plastic beverage containers: thinner soda and water containers called PET bottles and thicker juice containers called HDPE bottles. 

Because both types are made from petroleum—a nonrenewable resource—when you recycle them, you’re helping to save 3.8 barrels of oil for every tonne that’s recycled.

A diagram depicting the process of recycling glass beverage containers

Glass Bottles

It takes a lot of minerals, energy and water to make new glass from raw materials. Fortunately, glass can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality. Glass bottles are primarily used to make new containers, highway marking beads and the glass sand used to purify water. 

Recycled glass can also be turned into countertops, flooring, tile landscaping stones and bricks. In Manitoba, most recycled glass is crushed and used as aggregate for road bases and for water and sewer installations.

A diagram depicting the process of recycling juice boxes & beverage cartons

Glass Bottles

It takes a lot of minerals, energy and water to make new glass from raw materials. Fortunately, glass can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality. Glass bottles are primarily used to make new containers, highway marking beads and the glass sand used to purify water. 

Recycled glass can also be turned into countertops, flooring, tile landscaping stones and bricks. In Manitoba, most recycled glass is crushed and used as aggregate for road bases and for water and sewer installations.

A diagram depicting the process of recycling juice boxes & beverage cartons

Cartons and Juice Boxes

Cartons and juice boxes can contain up to three different materials: a paper structure, an aluminum lining and a plastic coating. 

Recyclers use a machine called a hydrapulper to separate the material so they can be turned into different products. The paper fibre is used to make tissues, office paper and more. The leftover aluminum and plastic combination can be used in different ways such as creating lumber-like materials and more. 

With this process, 80% of the original carton is recycled. We also save approximately nine cubic yards of landfill space and 174 litres of oil for every tonne of drink cartons diverted from the trash.

Cartons and Juice Boxes

Cartons and juice boxes can contain up to three different materials: a paper structure, an aluminum lining and a plastic coating. 

Recyclers use a machine called a hydrapulper to separate the material so they can be turned into different products. The paper fibre is used to make tissues, office paper and more. The leftover aluminum and plastic combination can be used in different ways such as creating lumber-like materials and more. 

With this process, 80% of the original carton is recycled. We also save approximately nine cubic yards of landfill space and 174 litres of oil for every tonne of drink cartons diverted from the trash.

Are you ready to recycle?

Make it easy for everyone in Manitoba to recycle their beverage containers. Sign up and order the bins you need for your workplace, campus, community or home.

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Are you ready to recycle?

Make it easy for everyone in Manitoba to recycle their beverage containers. Sign up and order the bins you need for your workplace, campus, community or home.

Get Started