Did you know that more than half of your household waste can be recycled? More than 185 communities and municipalities around the province offer the opportunity to recycle household materials that contribute to half of your household waste. For example: milk cartons, glass food and beverage containers, plastic bottles, juice boxes, margarine containers, aluminum cans, cardboard, newspapers, cereal boxes, steel food containers and more! For more information on what other materials (tires, oils, electronics, batteries) you can recycle and collection sites, please visit www.recyclemanitoba.ca.
Gable top containers such as milk cartons and aseptic containers such as juice boxes are completely recyclable because they are mostly made of paper.
To find out when recyclables will be collected in your community, contact the local waste department in your municipality. Many centres, including Brandon, Dauphin, Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg have online collection calendars.
Once the recyclables are picked up from your home, they are transported to your local MRF (materials recovery facility) to be processed. The materials are then baled and placed in the shipping area to await transportation to manufacturing plants. Due to market conditions and supply and demand, materials are shipped around North America and even throughout the world.
Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) is a non-profit industry-funded organization that develops, implements and operates waste diversion programs for designated packaging and printed paper in the Province of Manitoba.
A group of packaging and paper stewards provide up to 80% of the funds for efficient municipal recycling programs across the province. These stewards include brand owners, importers and franchisors – essentially the producers — of consumer goods that are sold in Manitoba.
While MMSM funds up to 80% of recycling program costs through steward contributions, Manitoba municipalities fund the remaining portion of their program costs with funding from taxes, from levies on waste that is sent to landfill and in some cases from revenue of material sales (depending on market conditions).
Yes, each municipality arranges to collect the materials (either through its own collection services or under contract to private sector collectors). Depending on the contract arrangement between the municipalities and the contractor, the municipalities or the contractor may market the materials to end markets for the materials to be recycled into new products. MMSM funding applies to operating cost such as collection and processing.