Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba Inc. (MMSM) released its 2016 Annual Report today, showcasing the continued growth of Manitoba’s residential recycling programs. The recovery rate increased to 65.4% making Manitoba a leader in residential recycling in the country. This is an increase of 13.4% since MMSM’s program launched in 2010.

The report summarizes information on the overall recycling rate, kilograms recycled by each municipality, MMSM’s successful partnerships, new recycling initiatives and promotion and education.

“Manitoba continues to make steady growth in the amount of recyclable material collected. In 2016 that translated to a 4% increase in the total number of tonnes reported by our partner municipalities,” says Karen Melnychuk, Executive Director. “We are committed to promoting the reduction, reuse and recycling of the materials in our program and making sure all Manitobans have access to a recycling program.”

MMSM had three new municipalities join the program last year. Swan Lake First Nation, the Town of Pine Dock and Matheson Island are now all recycling and receiving funding from MMSM for their residential recycling programs.

94.3% of Manitobans have easy access to a residential recycling program funded by MMSM, an industry-funded, not-for-profit organization. MMSM represents stewards — brand owners, producers, distributors and manufacturers — who pay fees to cover the costs of recycling their products and packaging. MMSM collects the fees and pays for up to 80% of residential recycling programs in municipalities across the province. Since it was launched in April 2010, MMSM has provided more than $70 million to Manitoba municipalities. In that same time, Manitobans have diverted 559,887,561.98 kg (559,887 tonnes) from landfill.

Click here to read the Annual Report.

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