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What can I recycle?

Most packaging and paper can be collected in your residential recycling program. Search for material using the Recyclepedia, or scroll down to view a summary of accepted materials.

  • paper

    Accepted

    • Aluminum cans and lids
    • Non-hazardous aerosol cans (empty)
    • Steel containers

    Examples

    • Food and beverage containers
    • Tuna cans
    • Soft drink cans
    • Soup can
    • Sauce cans
    • Pet food tins
    • Cookie tin containers

    Not Accepted

    • Pots, pans and baking trays
    • Aluminum foil, trays and pie plates
    • Full or partially full aerosol cans
    • Wire coat hangers
    • Scrap metal
    • Paint cans
  • paper

    Accepted

    • Cardboard boxes and inserts
    • Boxboard packaging

    Examples

    • All sizes of cardboard boxes
    • Pizza boxes (little food and grease)
    • Cereal boxes
    • Shoe boxes
    • Paper egg cartons
    • Tissue paper boxes
    • Toilet paper and paper towel rolls
    • Take-out beverage trays

    Not Accepted

    • Greasy pizza boxes
    • Wet boxboard and cardboard
    • Boxes with a foil or paper lining
  • paper

    Accepted

    • Aseptic cartons
    • Gable top cartons

    Examples

    • Juice boxes
    • Milk cartons
    • Soup cartons
    • Juice cartons
    • Frozen dessert boxes (i.e. ice cream and frozen yogurt cartons)

    Not Accepted

    • Food and drink pouch packaging
    • Straws
  • paper

    Accepted

    • Clear and coloured glass jars and containers

    Examples

    • Glass food and beverage containers
    • Salsa jars
    • Olive oil and balsamic vinegar bottles
    • Juice bottles
    • Hard liquor and wine bottles
    • Cosmetic containers

    Not Accepted

    • Drinking glasses and dishes
    • Glass cookware
    • Ceramics and porcelain
    • Broken glass
    • Mirrors
    • Light bulbs
    • Automotive glass
  • paper

    Accepted

    • Paper
    • Magazines and catalogues
    • Newspaper
    • Shredded paper (must be put in a large, clear plastic bag before it goes in the blue bin)

    Examples

    • Office paper
    • Envelopes (with windows and without)
    • Telephone directories (business and residential)
    • Greeting cards (plain)
    • Flyers (glossy and matte)
    • Store receipts
    • Paper bags
    • Kraft paper
    • Construction paper

    Not Accepted

    • Tissue paper (decorative)
    • Books (hardcover and paperback)
    • Greeting cards with ribbon, foil, sparkles
    • Paper towels, napkins
    • Facial tissue paper
    • Padded shipping envelopes
    • Wrapping paper
    • Paper bags with plastic or foil lining (i.e. microwave popcorn bags, pet food bags, or carry out bags)
    • Disposable hot/cold food and beverage containers with plastic lining
  • paper

    Accepted

    • #1-5 and #7 plastics

    Examples

    • Plastic water bottles
    • Peanut butter containers
    • Shampoo bottles
    • Body care products
    • Plastic bottles with screw caps, spray pump, or pull-up tops
    • Laundry detergent bottles
    • Margarine containers
    • 4L Milk jugs
    • Cleaning solutions (empty)
    • Pill/vitamin supplement bottles
    • Plastic clamshells with hinged or click-closed tops (not accepted in Brandon and surrounding communities)
    • Rigid plastic packaging

    Not Accepted

    • Plastics that are not packaging
    • Foam packaging i.e. Styrofoam
    • Black plastics (any number)
    • Toys
    • Plastic plant pots
    • Plastic plates and cutlery
    • Plastic film i.e. plastic bags, cellophane wrap, kitchen stretch wrap, cereal bags, etc.
    • Plastics labelled biodegradable or compostable
    • Zipper lock pouches for frozen foods
    • Potato chip bags
    • Rice bags
    • Mesh bags for avocados, onions, citrus fruit
  • Please visit RecycleManitoba.ca for a list of drop-off locations for materials that don’t belong in the blue bin but can be recycled.
  • Always confirm with your municipality if you have questions about the materials that are accepted in your residential recycling program.

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